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Slow login to W2k server from XP pro

By gops_bah ·
When i am longin to W2k server from an XP pro client as a Domian user it will take long time to login.Tried from many new PC, same effect.
i have same problem in 3 different location(all servers are brand new with good memory).i don't know whether it is problem of the way i am configuring the server. if i login from a Windows98 client to the same servers it will work pretty fast. pls give an answer. thanking u.

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by bwheel In reply to Slow login to W2k server ...

If you have tried from many different pc's, it is more than likely and issue with the server. The most likely culprit is DNS, as this is needed in order to login properly. There is not much information here to go on, but my initial feeling is DNS.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/ go to networking and DNS to find all of the information that you will need to figure it out.
I would be curious to know if you have any group policies applied, and if you set up DNS with dcpromo, or if you had dns setup before running dcpromo. Are there any event log entries on the workstations or servers that happen when you log on. Those can be instrumental in figuring out domain issues.

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by gops_bah In reply to

Thanks, I didn't done any DNS confuguration in these Servers. and no group policies applied. Event viewer not showing any errors. Client side the delay is happening while " Applying your personal settings" window is showing in the screen.

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by bwheel In reply to Slow login to W2k server ...

I know that you want to reject the answer, but if you set it up as a domain controller and did not do any dns configuration, that is the problem. You must have DNS installed and running properly in order for Active Directory or the Domain to run properly. It actually explains why windows 98 works fine, and xp does not. XP and 2000 rely on DNS for name resolution and also to join the domain properly. You must use Active Directory Integrated DNS servers for DNS on your clients in order to log on properly as well. Then you point your server to resolve the names on the internet. Otherwise problems like long time to log on, long time to find servers or other computers on the network are bound to happen. Not trying to be mean here, just giving you the answers based upon the information given.

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by gops_bah In reply to

Mr.Reuben, Please don't feel bad. i know your anser is to the right point, i just don't want to close the questio and need to get further answers from u regarding this, thats y i didn't accept and close the question. Now i tried configuring a DNS server with a Forward Lookup Zone. But really i didn't see any significant change in the problem. I think still i have to do further something. thanks

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by bwheel In reply to Slow login to W2k server ...

Client Settings should be as such:
client DNS settings should be pointing to the windows 2000 server with DNS running on it. There should not (at least not till you are done troubleshooting) be any other dns servers involved.
Windows 2000 Servers should be pointing to the DNS Server you created for DNS. (This should always be only the active directory enabled dns servers for your domain). I am curious if you installed DNS with the dcpromo program, or if you did it after running dcpromo. There are some entries that get created in the dns server that are hard to reproduce if dns is installed or changed the wrong way after. A reboot of the servers fixes some of this as they will reregister themselves in DNS.
Also want to make sure that you have updated the XP and 2000 machines with service pack 1 and all related hotfixes? There is another posibility for slow logons, it is posted here:
http://www.tweakxp.com/tweak1336.aspx
I usually do this by default before deploying any machines, so this could be your issue. I still see DNS to be the biggest reason for slow response in 2000 networks.

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by gops_bah In reply to

thanks. Client dns is pointed to ISP's DNS server since it is ADSL internet clients via an ADSL router.(but i faced the same problem where there is no ADSL also). Only one server in each network with AD enbaled. i configured DNS after dcpromo. SP1 installed. But one thing is i am using MS Small Business Server in all this places and SBS have home directory 4 each user. as per the tweakxp.com which u told me i tried configuring in MMC. But in MMC help it is mentioned that if home directory is there 4 users, XP will use the slow logon process.
Let me close the Question. pls do ur reply to gopakumar@msn.com Thanking u.

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by voldar In reply to Slow login to W2k server ...

And you are right reuben. When connecting from an XP/W2K computer to a server, and if the connection time is long, usually it is a DNS problem. W9x are not based on DNS, so this is why they get quicker to connect.

gopakumar - you say it's a W2K server, but is it a DC? You said also you just setup the forward lookup zone in DNS, what about the reverse lookup zone? The fact that the servers are new, it's not a problem, HOW are they setup, it's more important. Tell us more details, and we can help you more.

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