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When you use the Group Policy Object Editor on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP to change GPOs on a remote domain controller, the changes are not applied for a long time
Article ID: 896669 - View products that this article applies to.
Consider the following scenario:
This behavior occurs when the specified domain controller is not included in the Partition Knowledge Table (PKT) cache. The PKT cache stores only 35 target domain controllers per domain in the Distributed File System (DFS) list. If the target remote controller is not in the DFS list, the GPOs do not change immediately. The GPOs change only after the File Replication service (FRS) replicates the changes to the SYSVOL shared folders of the specified domain controller.
This issue may occur when the dfsutil /pktinfo command does not show the target domain controller in the DFS list. To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:
To use the Group Policy Object Editor to modify a GPO on a remote domain controller, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Article ID: 896669 - Last Review: May 24, 2007 - Revision: 1.5