Slow logon

Posted on 2004-11-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I am new to setting up server client architecture.  Everything seems to be working fine except for logging in from workstations into the Domain Controller.  On the server, I have established the Preferred DNS to the server itself.  I also included forwarders to the ISP DNS servers.  On the workstations, I've directed the Preferred DNS to the server and didn't include an alternate DNS.  Two of the workstations are wireless 54g.  I disabled "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon."  Sometimes the workstations log in immediately but unable to connect to the internet.  What am I doing wrong?  Can someone post step by step instructions or lead me to a website that does, I would greatly appreciate it.
Question by:modriven
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    Accepted Solution

    What happens if you hard wire these machines in to the network? Wireless devices are notorious for being slow to initially connect to the network as some drivers don't start properly until after you have logged in.
    It helps if you are using Windows own wireless application for wireless control, but you may have to look for updated drivers and firmware for the wireless cards to improve things.

    Otherwise everything looks fine from a configuration point of view.

    Why did you disable "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon"? If things were going very slowly without that option enabled that indicates a problem with the machines connecting to the domain controller. Otherwise all they are doing is logging in via cached credentials.
    Can they ping the DNS server? By IP, name and FQDN?


    Author Comment

    It seems to have resolved by itself.  Wired and wireless workstations are working correctly now.  I am just baffled on how windows is working.  

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