slow logging on with network

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
We have a network of over 200 computers, usually ghost imaged and sent out to users.  One computer seems to be angry at me and does not like to connect to the network without waiting 15 minutes or more on "applying computer settings"

I can log in to safe mode quick as usual, but when i try to log onto the domain, it takes forever, i have tried a different network cable that i know is good, and i have tried searching the event viewer and server logs for anything out of the ordinary and have came up with nothing

any ideas?
Question by:ceresia_blade
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    Accepted Solution

    This seems to be a relatively common problem. I have run into it a few times personally. However, in researching the problem in the past there seemed to be multiple sources for the problem. You might want to look at some of these solutions to see if they apply to your situation:
    -#1 has always been improperly configured DNS. The only DNS server that should be listed on the PC's network adapter is the local Domain Controller. Using an ISP's DNS even as a secondary can cause 10 minute delays. I assume this is not the case were the other units are OK
    - see Microsoft article [Win2000 Server 2000];en-us;307309
    - defective network adapter or bad drivers. Oddly in this situation once logged on the network adapter worked perfectly, problem only existed during logon.
    - a connected USB device, try removing any
    - also a very large roaming profile is a possibility too

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    maybe this machine has a problem with applying GPO's , you can enable verbose logging to the eventviewer with this registry key:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics]

    also extensive logging to userenv.log can be switched , follow instructions on this page:

    This will give you more insight on the processing of GPO's.

    Other thoughts :
    is this a pc with multiple network cards? Binding order might be wrong
    Is Networkcard set to Autosensing? If the swwitch port is autosensing too this can cause netwrking issues - fix the NIC at the required speed and duplex settings.
    How is name resolution (DNS) setup , also a known cause for delays if misconfigured...

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    its either gpo processing, logon profile or bad cabling. If you dont experience this with your other stations then its probably not a dns issue.
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    Author Comment

    it was hard to rate this, but i think you for your imput, drivers were bad, but there were two network cards and one was interfering with the other, had to uninstall the 1000/100 one and use the on board one, odd as that sounds.

    But thanks.
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    by:Rob Williams
    Thanks ceresia_blade, glad to hear you were able to resolve.

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