Excessive time taken to log in/on


We have a 2003 AD network. We have one laptop whose user has a "briefcase" set up. When this user logs on it takes up to 2 minutes for the Ctrl, alt, del screen to display, with most of the time displaying the "preparing network connections" screen. One thought was that the machine was synchronising the "profile". If this might be the case is there any way to speed this process up - perhaps not synchronising some folders etc. or could this possibly be caused by something else?


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hanging at "preparing network connections" is often a result of improper DNS configurations.  Make sure that the computer is configured only with internal DNS servers that are on Domain Controllers.  If the user has hard-coded in a DNS server so that he can work elsewhere, this would cause the problem.  also make sure that he doesn't have multiple active network cards with improperly configured DNS servers.
jonathanrAuthor Commented:
Hi adamdrayer

All that is good. But thanks for the feedback.


well, that's it 99% of the time.  I will tell you that the profile will not synchronize until the user logs in.

I'll keep thinking and researching
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I had an issue that sounds like that.  What I found was there was an old server still listed as a DNS server in the DNS manager under Administrative tools.  I just removed that server from the list and all was good.
jonathanrAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

It appears I was given the wrong pop up message, instead of "applying network settings" it is "applying computer settings" - does this make things clearer?


try this:

Disable the Network Location Awareness Service
Start - Settings - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services - Double Click on the Network Location Awareness (NLA) Service - Click on Stop - Then Change the Startup type to Disabled

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jonathanrAuthor Commented:
Hi TheLearnedOne,

I am still interested in looking at this further. I had forgotten that I had this post open. I will now however action the last suggestion and see if that helps.


jonathanrAuthor Commented:
Thank you adamdrayer! - This was the answer! Cheers,

great.  thanks. =)
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