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Manage System Policy Updates (Windows NT/2000/XP)

Windows normally makes a connection to the NETLOGON share of the validating domain controller and checks for the existence of the policy file. These settings control how system policies are applied to a Windows machine when on a network.

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Open your regsitry and find the key below.

Optionally create or modify the following values:

ValueTypeValue
UpdateModeREG_DWORDDisabled=0, Automatic=1 or Manual=2
NetworkPathREG_SZUNC path for manual updates
VerboseREG_DWORDOff = 0 or On = 1
LoadBalanceREG_DWORDOff = 0 or On = 1

Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|UpdateModeREG_DWORD0x00000002 (2)|
|NetworkPathREG_SZ\\Server\Policy|
|VerboseREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|LoadBalanceREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update]
Value Name: UpdateMode, NetworkPath, Verbose, LoadBalance

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Last modified: September 1, 2002