I am having issues when users are logging into the Windows Server 2003 environment

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I am having issues when users are logging into the Windows Server 2003 environment. There are only four users on the network, yet it takes two minutes for them to log into their accounts. Is there some debugging that could be running in the backround, or cached files that are syncronizing?
ASKED: March 7, 2008  9:30 PM
UPDATED: March 9, 2008  6:17 PM

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are the users using roaming profiles? if so check to see how big the profiles are getting.
what type of network backbone are they on? 10/100? gigabit?
are the workstations networked on a switch or a hub?
Is the server on the same network?
If they are using windows xp check to see if they are using offline files. Go into My Computer. Go to Tools > Folder Options. Then go to the Offline Files tab. The syncrhonization of their personal files will take a while if they have a lot of files.

If you have a managed switch you can check the usage on the switch to see if there is a bottleneck there.
And run performance monitor on the server to see what is bottlenecking on it. Try to check disk I/O, Memory usage, page file usage, Rx/Tx on the NIC. This will help narrow down the issue.

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About 90% of the times I have seen this..it was because the end users didn’t have their DNS set to the PDC and BDC. Or the DNS was mis-configured.

Nick

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  • Smart Digital
    Thanks, it looks like those are all some possibilities at this point. The server is on the same network\domain. I never gave it any thought to check each individual user to see if the were syncronizing offline files or not. That may be the culprit.
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