I am confused as to when I should add the /force tag to the gpupdate command when I want to manually refresh Group Policy.
The gpupdate command by itself simply downloads any changes made within Group Policy. It is all you need 90% of the time most likely. By typing gpupdate /force you are telling the computer to download ALL applicable GPOs regardless if any changes have been made or not. As this takes additional time, you should use gpupdate if all you want are the changes. Jeremy covers the /force switch on page 166 of his book.
The GPanswers.com forum is closed now (thanks, spammers!)
But we encourage you to join us at LinkedIn in the “GPO Stuff” group.
Jeremy is regular there, and there is a reasonable system to prevent junk posts.
In all, we think it’s the right place to go for Group Policy-specific questions.
It’s a private group, but just JOIN it, and the owner should approve your request.
See you there !
-Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP