SBS 2003 - slow login, exchange connectivity on lan for certain users...
Posted on 2006-07-05
Ive got a SBS 2003 SP1 client that has odd login behavour within the past few days. One user complained this morning that his machine was hanging up indefinitely at the login. I'm able to login with other, different usernames on this machine without the same issues. I swapped out the workstation with another one with the same OS and service packs and logged in with "user1" again. The login hanged again like on the original machine.
Later in the day, I got a call from another user on the same network stating that his login was behaving erratically also. Call him "user2"
Currently, if user2 logs in from any machine, the login itself appears to hang after clicking OK on the login dialog. It will 'hang' in a greyed-out state for exactly 60 seconds before showing the "applying your personal settings" message for another 60 seconds (again, exactly) before logging on in appearing normal. Then next oddity is opening Outlook. It takes exactly 6 minutes for the status of Outlook to change from "Trying to connect..." to "Connected". As mentioned, this behavior occurs from any any machine when logging in with "user2".
Back to "user1". If I try to login to any workstation with user1, it hangs at the login (greyed-out) dialog, for 60 seconds exactly. The first time user2 logged onto this workstation, it took 16 minutes to get past "Loading your personal settings" and then 18 minutes to complete "Applying your personal settings". The second time logging into the same workstation, the same 60 seconds for the login prompt to be replaced by "applying...", but I'm up to 10 minutes and counting on waiting for this dialog to finish.
There have been no changes to any group policies in several months. FYI.
Any clues anyone has to help identify why this might be happening and how to resolve it would be a lifesaver!
p.s.: other users appear to behave normally when logging in from any workstation.