How to speed up login for wireless users?
Posted on 2007-10-03
At our school we have 2 x W2K3 servers, about 80 XP SP2 desktops and about 50 XP SP2 laptops. Net is 1GB switch 'backbone' connected to the 2 servers and to per-building switches. Desktops and laptops connected via 100MB UTP. Users have roaming profiles. It all was working OK. Problem now is that we have 20 laptops which are moved in a trolley to a classroom, where they connect to the network via wireless. Login times are now dreadful for these PCs, because of the restricted bandwidth. I am thinking of ditching roaming for the (student) users (who use these laptops) to speed things up. I have already stopped caching for these laptops/users. But what's the best way of speeding login? Mandatory profiles still involve copying over the net. And if I set nothing, won't it still try to copy 'Default Network User' for any user who hasn't visited a particular laptop? Can I pre-load a 'reasonable' profile onto each laptop, so that network access at login is minimised? The users need access to (a) their home directory on the server, (b) email (their mail folders - POP3 - are on the server) and (c) internet. I think they can do without desktop customisation.