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Searching for solution to long boot delays

I have a laptop running Win XP Pro SP2.  I'm connected to a Dell server running Win 2k3 Small Business Server.  I travle frequently so I cache my network files on my laptop using the offline files feature.

I'm experiencing 3 to 5 minutes of delay through the "preparing network connections" and "applying computer settings" portions of the boot process before I get to logon.

I've tried to run this to ground on my own but have had little success.

The only error, which is actually a warning, that I come up against is
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Event Type:      Warning
Event Source:      EventSystem
Event Category:      (52)
Event ID:      4356
Date:            4/14/2005
Time:            6:01:55 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The COM+ Event System failed to create an instance of the subscriber partition:{41E90F3E-56C1-4633-81C3-6E8BAC8BDD70}!new:{6295DF2D-35EE-11D1-8707-00C04FD93327}.  CoGetObject returned HRESULT 8000401A.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
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This appears to have something to do with offline files, but microsoft's KB indicates that the problem was solved in SP2, which I have.

What am I missing?  If you need additional info I would be happy to provide it.
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kasper2003Commented:
delete the old cache.
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kasper2003Commented:
by the way if you cache too much files it is nature to be slow since windows has to go throught all that data.
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
How exactly do I delete the old cache?
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WillHudsonCommented:
Are you getting the "preparing network connections" and "applying computer settings" when you are connected to the network or when you are away?
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
It happens when I'm on the network and when I'm away.  I get pretty much the same duration of delay if I'm on my home netowrk or on an airport or hotel network on the road.  Additionally, I get pretty much the same delay when I'm not on any network.  That's what perplexes me.
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kasper2003Commented:
to delete the old cache files go to where you enable the offline folders.
in control panel/folder options. offline files tab
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
Well I suppose I should have been able to see that one.  Sorry!
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
Sorry kasper deleting the cache had no effect.  I'm still looking at roughly 3 to 4 minutes.

I guess the bigger question might be am I being anal retentive and 3 to 4 minutes is not really an abnormally long time from restart to login?

It seems like every other machine in the office, except our server, has a boot time of between 1 to at most 2 minutes.
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
After a couple restarts I noticed that the above warning with event id 4356 went away.  The delay is still present though.  I'm not getting any warnings or error in the system or application logs now as you can see below.

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APPLICATION EVENTS

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      ESENT
Event Category:      General
Event ID:      100
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:38:57 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
wuauclt (3104) The database engine 5.01.2600.2180 started.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      ESENT
Event Category:      General
Event ID:      102
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:38:57 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
wuaueng.dll (3104) SUS20ClientDataStore: The database engine started a new instance (0).

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      SecurityCenter
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1800
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:40:44 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Windows Security Center Service has started.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      ESENT
Event Category:      General
Event ID:      100
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:41:30 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
wuauclt (2540) The database engine 5.01.2600.2180 started.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      ESENT
Event Category:      General
Event ID:      102
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:41:30 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
wuaueng.dll (2540) SUS20ClientDataStore: The database engine started a new instance (0).

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

SYSTEM EVENTS

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      EventLog
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      6006
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:38:59 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Event log service was stopped.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      EventLog
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      6009
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:39:34 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 5.01. 2600 Service Pack 2 Uniprocessor Free.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      EventLog
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      6005
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:39:34 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Event log service was started.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Tcpip
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      4201
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:39:31 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The system detected that network adapter D-Link DGE-660TD Gigabit CardBus PC Card was connected to the network, and has initiated normal operation over the network adapter.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7035
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:40:46 PM
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Fax service was successfully sent a stop control.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7035
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:11 PM
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Network Location Awareness (NLA) service was successfully sent a start control.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7035
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:11 PM
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Network Location Awareness (NLA) service was successfully sent a start control.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7035
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:14 PM
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Application Layer Gateway Service service was successfully sent a start control.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7036
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:14 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The Application Layer Gateway Service service entered the running state.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7035
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:33 PM
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The SSDP Discovery Service service was successfully sent a start control.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7036
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:33 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The SSDP Discovery Service service entered the running state.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7035
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:37 PM
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service was successfully sent a start control.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7036
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:37 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service entered the running state.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7036
Date:            4/15/2005
Time:            1:42:43 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      VOODOO
Description:
The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service entered the stopped state.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
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So, if there is a problem then my laptop apparently doesn't think it exists, or I don't know where to look.
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
3rd reboot and event id 4356 is back.  Seems a bit inconsistent to me.
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kasper2003Commented:
Yes it is little inconsistent, and offline caching might not have anything to do with it. On third reboot was your laptop plugin to a functional network? if not, you can ignor the error. it just say it can not sync the cache file with the server or com+ timed out.

if you were not logged on for some time and you use SMS server/client.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;831648
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;289650

Your computer system/server restart time is little on the slow side. it could be due to the file fragmentaion on the local/server harddisks.

I dont know what kind of profile scheme you are using. if you are using roaming profiles. 1 to 2 mins is just about right. The profiles grow over time to about 50mb or more (if you let it). user like to store their file in my document folder, since it is a default save location. and all that file end up in roaming profile. login or logout time will increase since you have to sync the roaming profile with the server when logout/login. if the file is big it takes longtime.
if more than one person try to logon/logout at the same time, it will be event longer. this causes the server to have big fragmentation problems.
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jarrod_carterAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions Kasper.  FYI I was logged into our office network on the 3rd reboot.  At this point I think the warning with event id 4356 is just a sporadic occurrence.

I appreciate the point of reference regarding startup time and how it can be affected by having a large My Documents folder.  At our office our Win 2k3 SBS is setup to provide for roaming profiles, so I'm guessing that having several hundred megs of photos and music in the My Documents folder was bogging things down.

I moved the music and photos to a different location.  That appeared to speed things up.

I also did a registry clean and defrag.

As of my last reboot it took approximately 1 min and 24 seconds.  That is substantially improved from the 3 to 5 minutes I was experiencing before.

You get the points.
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