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Slow Login to Win2K Domain from XP Pro

By BraveLittleToaster ·
I have now noticed a problem with my WinXP Pro computers, they are facing 60+ second delays after a password is entered in and it is 'loading personal settings'. These are all freshly built XP Pro machines and fresh user accounts (small and local). The server is running win2k Advanced Server. I'm open to suggestions, please be specific.

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by Fnugry In reply to Slow Login to Win2K Domai ...

There may be about half a zillion reasons for such behavior. A good starting point for troubleshooting would be to enable winlogon debug logging (See Q221833 in MSKB) and check which operation takes up the time.

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by philldmc In reply to Slow Login to Win2K Domai ...

I've had the same issue, I ended up rebuilding the DNS. Once the DNS was rebuilt the lag went away.

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by CptOmlly In reply to Slow Login to Win2K Domai ...

You may also want to check to see if you have Netbios over TCP/IP on these workstations. If this is running, Windows may be causing the machines to do a browse of the entire network looking for the Master Browser. If NB over TCP/IP is required for your network, try entering the domain controller as the first choice DNS and see if that speeds things up.

You might find this discussion helpful also: http://tinyurl.com/33z4c

If that doesn't help, try this article.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=329457
Ap pears that it may be an issue of group policy application taking a way too long. According to the article, you have to contact MS for the patch since its still in testing.

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by lmayeda In reply to Slow Login to Win2K Domai ...

I had the same problem on an XP machine that had moved froma peer-to-peer lan to a lan with a server. With the intention of following answer#3's advice I looked at the network configuration and found that this XP had as the primary DNS, the IP address of the ISP rather than the IP address of the primary DSN server. Without changing any other settings, the logon time went from several minutes to instant. Thanks to those of you who answered above and helped me. Hope this helps someone else.

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by tfike In reply to Slow Login to Win2K Domai ...

Make sure your DNS settings are pointing to a local DNS server. I had the same problem once.

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