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WIn XP machines slow to login on Win 2003 Server

We just started working on network that was not running properly.  We have made several changes on the Windows 2003 server including DNS.  The problem we are having is the 2 XP Machines that were already on the domain before we made the changes are taking over 10 minutes to login.  It gets hung up on Applying Settings.  The machines that we added to the domain after the changes had taken place are running great.  We have joined these computers to a workgropup and then joined them to the domain once again but they are still really slow.  If we sign on locally instead of onto the domain they sign on in no time. The defasult gateway along with the DHCP and DNS is pointing to the server. Really do not know where to go from here.
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I had the same problem on a Win2k3 domain I set up a while ago. Turned out to be a couple of problems.

Firstly, set all your Win XP client DNS to the servers IP address.

Secondly, you need to make sure the domain user has LOCAL administrator access to the client machine.
To do this you log in to the client machine as the domain administrator and make the domain user a member of the local administrators group.

Once thats done just logout and log back in as the domain user... like I said its been a while since ive done this, so hopefully I remembered it all correctly! Good luck!
did you cross-check the outcome of the ipconfig /all command from the 'good' achines and the 'bad' machines.
remove the slow machines back from the domain again, remove them from AD on the  server and join them back again.
or try to change the name of the slow workstations
johnpatbullockAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply but we have tried all of the above, Primary DNS to server IP address, local administrator, and even changed the name of the computer and joining the domain again.  I will double check to make sure all IP settings are the same as the machines that are running smoothly but I am almost positive they are the same.  Any other ideas?
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johnpatbullockAuthor Commented:
I just went check and everything is the same as far as the Ip information.
make sure nothing is listed in the Hosts file on the problem workstations
What's the lease time setup on the DHCP? Those "old" machines may still just be caching the info because the lease hasn't expired.
Try manually expiring the release.
Restart DNS client on the workstation.
Then try a release/renew.

Most likely something is being cached somewhere and that's what's causing the problem.
I think this is a dns issue, i would do the following

Install support tools off the original CD, then run netdiag.  this will tell you if your dns server is misbehaving.

if you ping your domain-name, do you get a reply from the dns-server?
I've had a similar problem in the past with W2kPro machines seemingly hung at the applying computer settings screen. The issue was multiple IP addresses (192.168.x.x and 10.x.x.x) on my DC's. The machines were on the 192.x network, but were trying to communicate with the 10.x ip's of the DC's. This would cause the Group Policy to hang until the 15 mins or so timeout., after which it would use a cached copy of the Group Policy on the machine.

I fixed it by putting the IP addresses for all the Domain controllers in the local machine's HOSTS file. Works like a charm since then!

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