Windows Xp pro slow login on win2k Domain server

Posted on 2004-08-14
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I need step by step help. I have bought a new HP pavilion a656x with XP pro. I also just loaded a win2k server with clean install. I have one win2k pro and have no problems with logins. Xp pro very slow to login... I have spent hours reading and trying everything that people have been saying but just wasting my time... I need professional help and some computer help too. :)

Is there any one out there that will walk me through setup, if I need to setup DNS, Wins or AD please give me step by step.

My server is called www.testserver.com and the address is

First the server setup

Then XP pro setup using static ip address 192.168.xx.6.

I hope this is enough info to get started...

Question by:newwavedigital
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I dare to say that your DNS settings are incorrect (assuming dcpromo went through as it should). During dcpromo, the wizard should have installed DNS as well.
The correct DNS setup in short (assuming the .253 server is your DC/DNS, and it's the only one):
On your DC/DNS, make sure the DNS settings in the TCP/IP properties point to itself (, NOT!) *only*; no secondary DNS server.
The same is valid for all of your domain members: set only the primary DNS, pointing to; no secondary DNS server.
That makes sure your internal lookups work correctly.
For internet access, do the following:
Start the DNS manager, add your DNS server (if it isn't already listed). Go to the forward lookup zones and check if the root zone (a single dot, ".") is present. If so, delete it. Right-click your DNS server in the DNS MMC, choose "Properties". Go to the forwarders tab, enter your ISP's DNS server(s) here. The forwarders entry is the *only* place in your domain where external DNS servers come into play; nowhere else.
In addition, make sure that Dynamic Updates are allowed on your DNS server; that's in the DNS Properties, too.
It's not a bad idea either to create a reverse lookup zone as well while you're at it; the dcpromo wizard doesn't do this.
Right-click the DNS server, select "New zone", choose "Reverse", make it primary, enter "192.168.50" when it asks for the subnet. Enable Dynamic Updates for the new zone.
Then under services, stop and re-start the Netlogon service.
Open a command prompt and enter "ipconfig /registerdns".
Verify (see KB article below) that the SRV records in your DNS have been created correctly, and that the DC has registered its host name and IP address in DNS.
Your XP machine should now logon immediately.

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by:Tim Holman
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Professional help ?  Does that mean we get paid ?  :P
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by:Tim Holman
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Try this reg fix... there is a known issue with XP > W2K Server speed that this fixes, to do with SMB sizes:


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