Upon boot up, sometimes, but not always, the computers on the network will take several minutes to start up. The "Applying computer settings" displays the majority of the time it takes to boot.
I found the following, but it seems specific to Server 2003:
There's currently a bug in Windows 2003 server which causes the computer to essentially freeze at the "Applying Computer Settings" screen when logging on. We had Microsoft on our system, and they found one piece of internal documentation on this subject. If someone is looking in the Services menu, and clicks on "IPSEC Services" and click away without changing anything, I believe it causes your TCP/IP stack to crash on a reboot. However, if you were to change something in the "IPSEC Services" and click OK, you would be fine. I'm not exactly sure what the fix is, as Microsoft spent 7 hours working on it.
It took close to two hours for our computer to login, and we had to do several things in Safe Mode to get this back up. We tried uninstalling Norton Antivirus, rebuilding the TCP/IP stack, and many other little things, but nothing worked. I can't offer a solution, as I don't have one, but save yourself the time and get Microsoft on the phone and talk to them about the IPSEC Services making your computer freeze at "Applying Computer Settings". Microsoft said they know the problem exists, but aren't sure how fo fix it yet. Good luck!
Does any one know the solution to this? If not, how can I troubleshoot this?