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    Talking Windows 8.1 domain issues

    Hello All,

    This is my first post here on Edugeek! I have a fairly complicated problem i need your help with. Ok so I inherited a schools network heres a little info below

    Server: Windows server 2008 R2

    We do not use roaming profiles

    we have ~100 Xp machines (work like champs)
    we have ~30 Win 7 machines (also work like champs)
    we have 25 window 8.1 machines that are a thorn in my side

    All our computers run a "clean slate" program that reinstates the hard drive to factory form at the end of each day so no matter what the kids do the computers will always remain "brand new"



    Question: I have 25 windows 8.1 computers that take 3-4 mins to start on each hard reboot! as you can guess this is a pain in the butt. It used to take even longer because of the "first sign-in animation" where windows explains how to use Windows 8. However, i manually disabled this function. Windows 8 take almost 1:30 "preparing windows" but if you press control alt delete it boots straight to the desktop with ease. This leads me to believe nothing is actually happing when windows is being "prepaired". I found a very very similar post by @AndiMarv here Windows 8 domain login issue but that was never resolved.

    Does anyone know how to remove this seemingly unnecessary step in the boot process?

    Any help would be greatly
    appreciated

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    Are these computers getting a DHCP lease in time? meaning they must get an IP before you would expect the logon desktop to load. some switches with port security or STP may inhibit this. When the computer does get a DHCP lease, does it include DNS servers that are ONLY the IP(s) of your domain controllers?

    Post the output of... Start > Run > cmd > ipconfig /all ...if you are unsure

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    They seem to get the IP's in time. I never thought of that as a problem because our Windows xp and Windows 7 machines log in in a heart beat and are fully functional( meaning they are connected to the network).



    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.X.X (I intentailly put the X's)
    208.67.32.22
    208.67.32.141
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:25:22 AM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:25:22 A

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    Assuming the profile is reset, it's installing the per user apps, just without telling you because the animation is disabled.

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    @DMcCoy I thought the same but why then when i click Ctrl + alt+ delete at any moment during(even the very begging as soon as the words appear) " Preparing Windows" is it able to load the desktop and a fully functional start menu?

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    Problem...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jtrotta View Post
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.X.X (I intentailly put the X's)
    208.67.32.22
    208.67.32.141
    ...so for DNS servers you have an internal address (192.168.X.X) followed by two external ones (AutoExec Computer Systems, Inc)

    This is NOT how you do it.

    Internal devices should have internal (Active Directory) servers listed ONLY. Then in your AD DNS server, under properties, forwarding tab, define the ISP's servers. You would be wise to have more than one AD DNS server.

    Also, you should ensure your Connection-specific DNS Suffix (displayed when you do an ipconfig /all) matches the FQDN of your internal AD domain.
    Last edited by JPElectron; 5th March 2014 at 10:16 PM.

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