GPO Processing -Allways wait for the network at computer startup - What do you choose
We're using Windows XP SP3 and are experiencing very long boot times. I've managed to narrow it down to our GPO for "Allways wait for the network at computer startup / logon".
We currently enable this option. This has worked well since all our GPO's will be processed as we would expect before logon. However things have moved on since I implemented this over 4 years ago. We use Scriptlogic as our login script processor and this can do pretty much anything we want in terms of mapping drives, printers, running software etc.
With the option enabled as I said above, our boot times from powering on to displaying the Ctrl Alt Del page was 4mins 10 secs on an Dell Latitude D530 laptop (2GB Ram).
If I disable that option, the boot time decreases to an impressive 35 seconds. A significant difference.
I understand that if I move to this setting certain GPO's might take 2 reboots before they become active. My question is;
1) What do you do? Do you wait for the network or let the GPO's process in the background?
2) Any gotcha's I need to watch out for if I move to this quicker boot. I know that if a students profile doesn't exist, their login will take longer first time around.
Many thanks for any help you can give.