Recent Slow Logon Download of XP Mandatory Profiles
Posted on 2005-03-06
This is a followup to a question I just resolved. I have a Windows 2000 server with Windows XP users. I have (had) DHCP and DNS running on my server and everything worked beautifully. On Friday Comcast removed the Sun Cube that had been used to host my email and controlled the Internet connection. Everything did not go smoothly with the switch and by the end of the day they were insisting that DHCP and DNS come from the CISCO. I wrote in about this earlier and the replies said that they should allow me to keep DHCP and DNS on my server -- which I agree -- but I have to make things work for the next day or so. Since the switch my computers can talk to my server and log on through active directory, but downloading the profiles is now painfully slow. They are mandatory profiles that have not changed in months, and I was testing with one machine at a time, so it is not the profile size or too many machines, the problems are clearly from change on Friday. From what I have been reading, I assume that this has something to do with DNS. The only other piece that may be relevant is that while they kept my IP address pool the same on the CISCO, they goofed and assigned the wrong subnet mask. I finally saw this and fixed it on my server and the machines are talking. But what do I do, can I re-enable DNS on my server -- if so, what do I add to it to make it faster. Is there something else I can configure to get those profiles down faster from my server?