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I am having trouble with my Windows 2000 Servers.  I have two problems actually but I think they are related.  I have users that use Terminal Services to connect to these servers.  Their printers are mapped when they connect.  Recently when I log in as Administrator of these systems, and then logoff, I get a message "Saving your settings" and this hangs for 2 or 3 minutes before closing down.  Also, my printer mappings are not disconnecting and several times a day I have to manually delete the printer mappings.  If I don't, the print spooler stops and has to be manually restarted.  I was reading Microsoft Article 814770 which made me think these two problems might be related in some way.  I also know that corrupt drivers can also create the printer issue.  Any ideas of how to make the servers shut down more quickly and also how to make the printers unmap when users logout?
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Make sure that the Printers are "Disconnected" before you Shutdown.
(Cannot seem to find any information on it?)

[Saving your setting] taking 2-3 minutes. I have seen it take as long as 10 minutes.
(Time to reinstall the system if it gets that bad :)  )

When was the last time that you "Reinstall SP4" onto the server?
This might be as good a time then any to do so.
Also, after reinstalling SP4, install/reinstall SP4 Rollup as well.

The Micrsoft KB article that you supplies is the only thing that I was able to find as well.

Good Luck, if I can find anything else, I will post it here.

Carrzkiss
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Hey, thanks Carrzkiss.  I had already reinstalled SP4 so wasn't quite sure what else to do.  These servers are getting quite old (going on 3 years of constant use).  Thanks for your comments anyway.  You were the only one that responded to my question so thanks again.
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3yrs.
Is this 3yrs without a Reinstall? If so, then it is a strong recommendation to reinstall All of the Servers.
We reinstall ours once a year.

Good Luck
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Yes.  So you think that a reinstall of the entire operating system every year would be helpful?  Is this what you are saying?  I kind of rely on Host Providers to tell me what to do with the servers.  I'm the software person.  They usually just tell me to replace the computers every three years.
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Replace the computer every 3yrs??? Why. unless the system is going bad. (Hardware Failure)
Then "Why"? Are they going to be paying for the replacement every 3yrs?

We have 3 systems here that are still running since 2001.
They are the 3 that run

Mail
Web & FTP
DC (Domain Controller)
The other servers are newer within 2yrs.

The only thing that we do is simply reinstall the system's every year.
This gives it all a fresh feel and better performance.

If you are running a DC. then this is how you would want to do the Reinstalls.

Reinstall the DC <--FIRST
Then Reinstall the Children after.
DO NOT connect your servers straight to the DOMAIN to begin with.
First you want to join a Imaginary Workgroup.
Install all Patches, hotfixes and so forth.
After all is done then join the DOMAIN.

REASON:  If something happens to the DC, you can reinstall the DC.
And then take each Client,
Log Off from Domain
Log On to "Workgroup"
Rejoin the newly installed Domain.
Then Reboot the system and go for it.

If you join the DOMAIN straight from initial Windows Installation, then this is not an Option.

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This is our practice, this is what I teach.
good luck.
And teel you "Host Provider" to hand out some cash, if they want you to chunk the system's
For new ones every 3rd year. (So stupid, that would even suggest something like that)

Take Care now
Wayne
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Thank you Wayne.  Yes, they do suggest that.  I think because the servers were leased and they benefited from the lease.  I've recently stopped leasing though and now we own the servers so I need to keep them as long as possible.  I've also recently changed Host Providers so maybe things will get better.  Thanks so much for these instructions.  I do have a DC.  I will certainly try this.  You have helped me a great deal.  Have a good evening.
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anytime.
Take Care
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