Boost performance: change Group Policy refresh interval

You can improve Group Policy refresh performance by using these registry entries.

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If you use Group Policies to distribute software, you may want to keep these registry entries handy to improve GPO refresh performance.

To change the refresh interval for computers:
Registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System Name: GroupPolicyRefreshTime
Type: REG_DWORD
Valid range for data (in minutes): 0 to 64800

To change the offset interval for computers:
Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Name: GroupPolicyRefreshTimeOffset
Type: REG_DWORD
Valid range for data (in minutes): 0 to 1440

To change the refresh interval for domain controllers:
Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Name: GroupPolicyRefreshTimeDC
Type: REG_DWORD
Valid range for data (in minutes): 0 to 64800

To change the offset interval for domain controllers:
Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Name: GroupPolicyRefreshTimeOffsetDC
Type: REG_DWORD
Valid range for data (in minutes): 0 to 1440

To change the refresh interval for users:
Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System Name: GroupPolicyRefreshTime
Type: REG_DWORD
Valid range for data (in minutes): 0 to 64800

To change the offset interval for users:
Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Name: GroupPolicyRefreshTimeOffset
Type: REG_DWORD
Valid range for data (in minutes): 0 to 1440


Rod Trent, manager of myITforum.com and a Microsoft MVP, is an expert on Microsoft Systems Management Server. He has more than 18 years of IT experience -- eight of which have been dedicated to SMS. He is the author of Microsoft SMS Installer, Admin911: SMS, and IIS 5.0: A Beginner's Guide and has written thousands of articles on technology topics.
This was first published in April 2005

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