Sloooowww Login on WinXP to Win Server 2003

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I have a strange Win XP to Server 2003 Question. All of my WinXP machines take 2 minutes to login (it used to be 10 minutes but I eliminated that by changing the fast logon optimization option :) but during the first login after bootup only. Then logging out and logging in again takes 15 seconds. I have spent 10's of hours researching this on the NET, Microsoft Support (they aren't sure if it is a bug or not), and my own testing. It does not happen on Admin and does not happen on my Win98 machines so I know that it has something to do with the domain, not the workgroup. Have reconfigured the clients to only point to the server DNS, (gone that route for weeks), checked the server configuration, etc. This is eating my lunch as I am not ready to insert more WinXP machines into my network until this is solved. Again, only happens on WinXP machines (hangs at the Applying Computer Settings) with a user account (not the Admin). Also, SP do not seem to make it any better (actually seem to exacerbate the issue :( Also using DHCP (tried Statis IP and same problem) Any ideas guys and gals??? Brent careyb@osdco.com bccarey@kci.net

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It’s hanging at applying computer settings? This has nothing to do with authentication (logging in) an is unlikely to be a DNS issue as you’d never be able to see your DCs by name (tried pinging them by name?). This will occur when you boot up if you have GPOs which affect computer-based policies like kerberos, software installs, network links etc which are non-dynamically configurable (won’t refresh every 60-90 minutes like other settings). Hence no effect on Win 98 machines and no effect whilst up. Are you trying to install software off the domain from a non-existent share? Are you applying certificates which don’t exist? It suggests it’s looking for something not there or has expired and is waiting for that to fail first. Look in event logs for any hints.

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  • HumbleNetAdmin
    Have you modifed the Default domain Group Policy Oject (GPO) or added GPO's to your adctive directory? Modifications to or addtion of GPO's (depending on what was modified or added) could cause additional time in the log on process. If you have, I would look at this issue effecting the accounts that the GPO's apply to since you stated that it does not effect the admin account (which is under the default domain GPO, and the fact that it does not effect 98 machines (GPO's in AD does not apply to them). The HumbleNetAdmin
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  • Brutusbrighteyes
    DNS
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  • Backbyrner
    I know the OS is not Win2K but we had a similar problem a few weeks ago as a result of applying the "Update Rollup 1 for Win2k SP4". Have you applied any major Microsoft security patches on the clients lately?
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  • Ursulus
    I have found this to be fairly common and have never found a good reason why it should happen sometimes and not others! On the machines with the slow logon add entries for the server to the host and lmhost files, be sure to add the DOM setting and the PRE load setting. In my experience this usually fixes the problem. Malcolm
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  • Treemax
    Make sure the DNS server address on the xp in tcp/ip properties has the 2003 server ip in as the prefered and whatever you your other dns server is as the secondary. Next by default XP doesn't load network connections until after it boots and this as you can imagine causes most of the problems as the pc can't access the server without networking being enabled. To change this the default setting - go to Start, Run, type MMC. Click File > Add/Remove Snap-in > Click Add - select Group Policy Object Editor, then click ADD > FINISH > CLOSE > OK. Now go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon. Make sure Always wait for the Network at computer Startup and Logon is ENABLED. Exit and reboot. You now shouldn't have anymore slow logons.
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  • Maclanachu
    Had a similar problem. Try changing the config of your NICs from auto sense to 100-Full (or whaterver is the highest speed of the switch).
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