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Client Computers take to long to log in in windows server 2003

Posted on 2011-03-13
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We have about 30 client computers in a win 2003 server, we also have exchange server running, all of our client computers have xp pro. Lately some of the stations take long time to log into the server, also the exchange server takes a long time to create the connection with the server. Is there a quick way that I can find out what the problem is with this workstations, or the server?
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If all the workstations are experiencing the issue, it is unlikely a problem with the workstations.

Do you use roaming profiles?
Do the clients use cached exchange mode to connect to mail?
Do you have a 100m or 1gig network?
Has this slowly became an issue or all at once?
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My first guess here is a DNS problem.  Are the workstations configured to use the correct, internal DNS server?  Able to resolve a DC OK?

Usually an SBS network, the SBS server should be running DNS, and clients should all be pointing to internal NIC on the SBS box.
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Agreed - a high percentage of the time, this is a misconfigured DNS issue.  Post your DNS settings from the server AND from a troubled workstation so we can confirm they are correct.
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Do you have any extensive logon scripts running ? mapping network drives, printers etc?

Any software distribution via group policy ?

Any activities scheduled to run when a user logs on ?

If you create a test user and logon twice to a workstation (once for initial setup which can be slightly longer and another time as an actual test) does this take the same amount of time ?
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I do have some mapping network drives (4), I will create a test user and will let you know what the results are.
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Now suddenly some of users are loosing their desktops when the log in, they have to log in back and when they do the server says that they are already logged in, yet I have to log in with the Admin Password in order for the them to keep working.
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Also, suddenly now when users open outlook they have to click the send and receive to get their e-mail, they didn't have to do that before
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Thank you all for all your help!
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