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Slow offline Windows XP SP2 Domain Logon

By Randy Gleason ·
I have some sales guys that experience slow Windows XP SP2 logons when their not connected to our network or VPN connection. While I believe the problem is caused by Windows XP SP2 searching for our Domain and or statically mapped network resources during the logon process, I was hoping there was someway to shorten or eliminate these search times. Does anyone know how to do this? Or maybe I?m on the wrong problem path; do you think something else is causing these longer logon times?

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Slow offline Windows XP S ...

You're right, that is the problem. The solution is to logon localy in case that phisicaly is not connected to domain.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to

When they need to connect to domain, simply logoff and login to domain.

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by stm In reply to Slow offline Windows XP S ...

The time is consumed by DNS resolution (and WINS, if configured. You may want to reduce those timeouts:


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by fjh In reply to Slow offline Windows XP S ...

Make sure you don't have any unreachable entries in you PATH in the Environment Variables. fx a pointer to a domain controller, which is not available when you're not connected to a corporate network

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by kcallanan In reply to

I was having a similar problem on my network with laptop's that were off the network for extended period of time, I found out that the problem that was causing "Preparing Network Connection" to sit for almost 5 minutes was due to windows trying to download certificates from autoenrollment for secure domain controller communication. if the certificate gets deleted or outdated windows will continue to try to download the certificate, causing "Preparing Network Connection" ...

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by littletimeuk In reply to Slow offline Windows XP S ...

When offline do an ipconfig and see if it reports the LAN adapter as being offline - it should say 'Media disconnected'. If it does not then the machine is trying to obtain an IP address even when it is not connected to a network. Regret however I still don't have a solution to this - seems to be hardware dependent.

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