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By cp7212 ·
I support a group of 65 kiosks that do not have SP2 installed on them. The profile that they use is locking some (a dozen) of them. I unlock them and fifteen minutes later they are locked again. FastKeys and "Lock Computer" are disabled, so users cannot lock them. Also, sometimes the account gets locked out also. We have a policy that allows three login tries before lockout.

My manager thought there may have been a problem with the group policy, so he created a new one. This problem is still occurring and I cannot get the problem kiosks to update the new group policy. I went into DOS and entered the string C:\winnt\system32\gpupdate and then C:\winnt\system32\gpupdate /force. I received this message twice for each command: "Failed to refresh User Policy. ERROR: System cannot find the file specified."

I entered a dir command and gpupdate.exe is in the C:\winnt\system32 directory. I can also see the executable in Windows. I am on as local admin and have all (local) admin rights and permissions. I do not have all domain admin rights and permissions, however.

I am out of ideas and am about to reimage one of the problem kiosks, as we have had hardware problems with these in the past. I'm thinking maybe corrupt sectors in the HD? I'm sure most of you have seen my post about the Dells we have here.

Thanks to all who try to help me. You can bet I'll address all the answers and assign the points.....

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by cp7212 In reply to gpudate /force problem

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by Joseph Moore In reply to gpudate /force problem

Did you see this Technet article:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=253268
Basically it says the SYSVOL folder on the Domain Controller the machines are talking to is mangled and needs to be fixed. So, I would look there. The clients might be ok; it just might be their DC they talk to.

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Checked the directories on the server and they are all there, according to MS's data. Thanks for checking on it though.

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by cp7212 In reply to gpudate /force problem

Mr. Moore,
Thank you for providing a possible resolution. I am going to check this out today and get back to you. I checked the MSKB one day and didn't find this.

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by cp7212 In reply to gpudate /force problem

The directories were checked and I was told they were intact. I tried some attempts on different clients and some did update, but some did not. So I would have to assume if some did update correctly, the directories must be intact. Thanks for the info, though.

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