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XP logon to Server

By Brian ·
I have a Active directory Windows 2000 server sp3. I have different clients with Xp professional Sp1 and Windows 2000 Professional sp4. When the windows 2000 prfessional workstation logs on to the domain they go right into the desktop but when the Xp professional workstations logon they can take up tp 5 minutes to get to the desktop. Can you tell me step by step instructions to fix this problem. The users wait a very long time to hit the desktop with Xp professional machines.

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by Steven Rosson In reply to XP logon to Server

This delay is caused by the asyncronous loading of networking during the boot up process. This speeds up the login process in a stand-alone workstation by allowing the user to log in with cached logon credentials before the network is fully ready.

To disable this "feature" and restore your domain logons to their normal speed, open the MMC and add the group policy snap-in. Under Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System-->Logon, change "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" to ENABLED.

This can be fed to clients via a group policy from a Windows 2000 server by upgrading the standard policy template with the XP policy template. Since this is an XP only command, non-XP systems will ignore it in a domain distributed group policy.

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