Always wait for the network GPO setting being ignored
In the past we have had "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" set at the default domain policy, this has meant immediately after a machine has been imaged and ran through sysprep the machine reads any MSI installation GPO's and installs them immediately (not after the second reboot) since we upgraded our Domain Functional Level to 2008 R2 (we are still using Win XP SP3 clients) this settings appears to be ignored and is taking 2 or more restarts to install MSI GPO's - We cant seem to track down the issue and have spent hours trying to sort the issue, Win 7 clients (which are in test phase, apply the software installation on first boot into windows)
I have tried everything I can think of including:
Fresh install from non patched Win XP SP3
Fully patched Windows XP SP3
Isolated test domain with Server 2003 R2 << this is what we had before and it *used* to work! and Server 2008 R2 Domain Functional Level
Registry setting to disable mediasense
Registry setting to delay the group policy processing (waiting for network card)
Remove, re-apply the setting
Recreate the policy
Delete the OU and recreate
Different NIC card/Updated drivers
Applied the setting directly on the OU and blocked inheritance
All of the above tests result in the machine applying policies *whilst* at the login prompt not delaying the login prompt and processing the software installations first, resulting in two sometimes three reboots needed to install software.
We are now looking at paying for Microsoft Support, but I am just wondering what happens with other peoples experience of this setting? Is it only supposed to work after the second reboot and somehow its been working after the first reboot for us?
Attached is a screenshot of the error, which to me means its ignoring the setting to disable fast login optimisation, I have also enabled full verbose logging on the client but the userenv.log isnt proving very helpful