Is it possible to manually update just the policies that apply on the computer or user side?
Yes, the gpupdate command will do this with the correct switches. Simply type either gpupdate /Target: computer or else gpupdate /Target:user. Each of these tags will only refresh one side or the other.
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