Quick mobile user login

Posted on 2009-05-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Our environment has a windows server 2008 as DC and 250 users. All users are using roaming profiles and that works great. We have 10 mobile users and when they are onsite there are no issues. All machines run Windows XP Pro, and if 32 bit SP3 and if 64bit SP2. But when they leave and log-on to their laptops locally outside of the office the log-on is rather long in some cases taking as long as 3 minutes.

Users are also receiving this error, Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile and is attempting to log you on with your local profile. Changes to the profile will not be copied to the server when you logoff. Possible causes of this error include network problems or insufficient security rights. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator.  
DETAIL - The network location cannot be reached. For information about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help.

Which would make sense seeing as how they are not connected to the DC where their profiles are.

So, how can I speed up logins and suppress this message?
Question by:Dmichaelson
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Expert Comment

ID: 24408273
are you logging in via dial-up-networking before the login process begins? ie. at the login screen?

Author Comment

ID: 24408277
No, just locally to the machine.  And we do not what to be using DUN for logins.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24408315
yea, but DUN is where you connect to your VPN host for access....
Without that, you'll be using cached accounts...

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Author Comment

ID: 24408332
The machine caches the profiles.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24408362
So would you want to change the timeouts as that will affect the other machines trying to locate server on the LAN.

Easiest way is to boot/login without any network connectivity, so it times out quicker.

The message is a security feature, I don't think there is a way to disable it...


Author Comment

ID: 24408436
What timeout... Slow connection?
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debuggerau earned 250 total points
ID: 24409203
The timeout the PC need to establish a connecting with a domain that is non contactable.

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