Client Login too Slow on Windows XP

Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows XP
Windows client administration and maintenance
Hi, i have a domain win2003 standard edtion. when client(XP2) login with domain then login time will be 5 to 8 minute. i have cat 6 Dling cable and switch but connetctors are cat 5e. plz resolve my problem Ram

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You need to put a packet sniffer like Wireshark or Microsoft Network Monitor 3.1 on one or both ends of the conversation. This will show you what is happening on the wire during the login process. Otherwise you will be “shooting in the dark”. Once you get that information, you can either post more information about the findings or solve the problems based on your discovery

*** Improved by Wrobinson on St. Patrick’s Day 2008 ***

It does not hurt to look at the network but I would start looking at things such as free disk space, size of the roaming profile if roaming profiles are in use; also, the possibility that the profile is corrupted. Does the computer take as long for all users that log on to it, or specific user(s)? You should also look into group policies being applied to the computer, any login scripts which could be hanging and so on. You also want to make sure that there is a domain controller and global catalog in the same site as the computer. Something else to lookout for is time synchronization.

***reply by labnuke99***
ahhh yes… the old roaming or corrupted profile transfer issue. It is true that this may be causing the slow login issue. It’s not clear whether this is for one or multiple clients.

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  • mnman66
    You may want to take a look at the XP client as well and make sure all of the start up programs are the correct programs. I've seen numerous laptops/desktops start a whole group of un-needed programs whenever they connect to a network/domain. If all you are getting is the window showing that you are configuring network connections, then by all means use the advice from the other excellant members. Otherwise, start at the beginning. Start at the client.
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