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WINDOWS 2000 DOMAIN LOGON TAKING A LONG TIME

Posted on 2004-03-24
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I have a win2k environment with 10 workstations and 1 server.  

The server is loaded with win2k advance server.  It is a Dell Dimension P4 2.4ghz with 512MB RDRAM and it's the PDC for the domain.  

The workstations are Dell Optiplexes with PIII 733 and 256MB PC100 RAM loaded with win2k pro.

Everything is in one medium sized office and if I transfer files they move across the network at an acceptable speed.

When I have users log in with their domain account, it takes a while (like 3 - 5 minutes) whereas when they log in with their local computer accounts, it's in an instant.

I've tried adding more RAM but this doesn't help the situation.

I know there's a way to speed this up but I'm not sure what that is.

Can someone help??
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Question by:dutch357
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Hi

Is all well with dns on the server? Check the event log for any entries.

Make sure that pc's and server can resolve each other correctly - try ping by ip and by name at a command prompt. Also ensure that in dns the server is pointing to itself, and that you haven't got your isp's dns server address listed as a dns server in dns - only dns servers at the local level should be listed - isp's dns servers should be listed in dns forwarding.

Also make sure that it isn't related to roaming profiles - these can also cause a lengthy log-on if they are transferring stacks of data.

Let us know

Deb :))
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Probably your cients are using a wrong dns server.
Active Directory, uses dns to locate services, authentication too, so you have to use the authoritative dns for your domain in clients network configuration(in this case, you dc, I suppose).
Your clients are authenticated using cached credential, if they can't find a dc for authentication.

Try and let us know

Bye, Antonio
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that worked........thank you guys very much!!!!!
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