Slow Logon Performance

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I have a Windows Server 2003 domain controller on which I also store user profiles. My user environment consists of Windows 2000 Pro and XP Pro clients (about 35). When a user tries to log on to the network, it takes upwards of 3-4 minutes for the logon to complete. It appears that the time is consumed in loading profiles and use settings. I've checked permissions and bandwidth and they seem ok. Any thoughts on where to look next? Thanks, John
ASKED: November 15, 2005  4:10 PM
UPDATED: May 9, 2013  7:01 PM

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We ran into some similar troubles with our AV Vendor and the firewall product. Might be worth verifying those settings

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  • BadBoyFowler
    Do you have disk quota enabled, or some kind of limit, because if not, then you could be having a problem with the size of the profiles that are loading at logon. I have had a few problems like this and limiting the size of the profiles done the trick. Also remember that other folders like my documents reside in profiles as well, but you can exclude certain folders to limit the profile which would lead to a more speedier logon.
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  • 821984
    there r many settings to speedup ur logon process..try this.. login through administrator.. go to my computer ...tools.. .folder options...view.. deselect the automatically search for priter.... gp to my network places properties..advanced..advanced options.. at adapter binding tab..move upwards the TCPIP protocol from the list of local area connections.. at provider order move upwards the microsoft windows network.. check this & let me know Anand amkale_19@yahoo.com
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  • Blezley
    Hi John, This could well be a DNS issue. Incorrectly configured DNS is notorious for causing slow logon problems. I don't have any direct information, but you are certain to find out more on Microsoft's Knowledge base. I hope this points you in the right direction, sorry I can't provide any more info at the moment! Blezley
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  • Bridgeman
    I had a similar problem with Windows XP logging on to a Windows 2000 Server. I finally traced this down to the fact that I had used External DNS Settings. When I changed the DNS Server in the IP Configuration to the Server DNS all went back to Normal. Hopes this Helps
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  • Bud8N2K6
    DNS is worth looking at and if the client machines can't quickly find the SRV records for the DC then this could be part of the problem. Microsoft recomends that you NOT store user profiles on a DC. Another think to look at is the Caching options for the "profiles" share where you are storing the user profiles. This can be found under the sharing tab for the folder and this should be set to never allow "Offline caching" for this shared folder. This will cause logon problems as well as corrupt the users profiles. What about user settings under Group Policy? How many Group Policies do you have that apply to users? Remember that group policies are applied one at a time so if you have numerous group policies being applied this can slow down the logon process.
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  • Ursulus
    If this person is logging into the same PC and getting a slow login then it is unlikely to be related to file copy as there should not be anything to update! I have found that in may cases this is related to the workstation having problems 'finding' the server! I kid you not. Make sure the server's IP address is the FIRST entry in your DNS list and also I have in many cases created an LMHOST and HOSTS entry for the server on workstations and have often found this speeds up logon considerably. Good luck! Malcolm
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  • Hamel01
    I was just dealing with this type of problem at work the other day. If you are running DNS and DHCP make sure that you are not giving out your ISP's dns servers in the DHCP server. If you are take them out and just make sure you have your servers IP as a DNS server. Also make sure you have the forwarders set in the DNS setting to point to your ISP DNS. Thsi did the trick for me made my logins go from 15-30 sec down to 4-7 sec. Mike
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  • Jcan123
    Agree on the Name resolution suggestions, but also - you can try to play around with the redirect of personal folders feature and keeping "My Documents" out of the profile
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  • JoshTech
    One more thing (the answers you have gotten are all very good), are you using roaming profiles? And if so, you might want to check the profile location. If you have a central server which holds all your roaming profiles, that might be the problem.
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