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Slow - Preparing Network Connections

By john.m1 ·
Lan = 2003 SBS and 35 Win2k desks

the Win2003 SBS server is only a couple of months old, the rest of the Lan goes back 4/5 years, workstations vary in age but all Win2K. plus a couple of Win-XP Laptops connected.

I'm looking for suggestions, what to check out.

Why do the workstations stay on the "Preparing Network Connections" screen for a full (timed it) 10 minutes before going to the ctrl+alt+del Login screen?

that's it, help me if you can please


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by sgt_shultz In reply to Slow - Preparing Network ...

i found this...

Windows 2000 Hangs at "Preparing Network Connections" Screen on Multiple-Processor Computers;en-us;266132

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Slow - Preparing Network ...

so per that article, my suggestion would be get the latest sp4 on all the 2k clients. did you mention what sp level they were?

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by adembo In reply to Slow - Preparing Network ...

Ive seen that before because of a DNS problem. My DNS servers were not replicating, and after correcting that problem, the logon time got back to normal.

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by d.grenfell In reply to Slow - Preparing Network ...

I have a w2k pro system and was plagued by the same problem for over a year. Answer was so simple, it was embarassing. If you have set up windows and accidently specified that it would be part of a domain, and then later decided that it would only be part of a peer to peer network, the "net logon" service is set to automatically start. This service searches for a domain until it times out if not found. DISABLE this service and watch your system fly.

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