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    Slow log in on XP workstations

    We've just taken over a small primary school which has a mixture of W98 and XP Pro workstations and server 2003 and I'm responsible for the overhaul of the suite over the summer holidays (I'm not really a techie as I work across all areas of ICT within the primary sector but I get by by keeping things simple!). The log in speed of the XP workstations is very, very slow......4/5 minutes. I don't think it can be the switches etc as the 98 machines log in very quickly. What are members views on the commenest causes of slow log with XP. I know DNS usually crops up. The DNS entries on the server point to the server's IP address, correct I guess as there are no external DNS entries on any of this authorities servers. Any ideas?

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Three things that I can think of:

    Broken DNS. OK, the workstations might be pointing at the right server but if the DNS has been poisoned or if it is just plain inaccurate, you could have problems there

    Large roaming/mandatory profiles.

    Excessive amount of policies being applied.

    I'm inclined to go for the broken DNS option.

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    It is usually a profiles issue for us
    Make sure the machines arent holding on to any!

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Yep just as the good Norphy said.

    DNS is the route of all evil

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Why am i suddenly singing Money by Pink Floyd and trying to fit DNS and other services into the lyrics.


    Hmmmmmmmm......

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Also, are you using My Documents folder Redirection in the policies? If so there's a bug that means Windows XP SP2 working with Server 2003 SP1 can add 30 seconds to the login.

    Other than that it's the same as what others have said, DNS and/or Profiles.

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Also, are you using My Documents folder Redirection in the policies? If so there's a bug that means Windows XP SP2 working with Server 2003 SP1 can add 30 seconds to the login.
    Got a link for that?

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Yeah sure, it's a here

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;899409

    I actually found the files on the internet but they're free from MS if you ring them.

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Grrrr, i spent ages in contact with microsoft with this glitch when SP2 first came out. In the end i just got rid of roaming profiles and used a mandatory one with the redirection hard coded into the profile.

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    Yeah sure, it's a here

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;899409

    I actually found the files on the internet but they're free from MS if you ring them.
    Would you be willing to share those files?

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Why did I not know about this! I knew there was a delay in there somewhere, and that It wasn't my fault!

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Of course.

    There's two files, one to be run on the servers, one to be run on the clients.

    You only need to install it on certain servers, I can't remember which exactly, might be any with profiles stored on them, or on DCs, sorry I can't remember!

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    WOW

    Just updated my servers and workstations at one of my site and this has done wonders. Best improvement is the wireless laptops. 60 - 90 seconds to log on down to 10 - 15 seconds.

    Staff are going to think I have done wonders over the summer

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    Re: Slow log in on XP workstations

    Right I demand a public inquest on why we didn't know about this sooner!!



    (and Geoff - before you mention Linux - shut up :P )

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