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XP Clients taking a long time to log onto Server2003

Sometime sthe clents go directly on, but sometimes (actually most of the time ) they spend ages saying applying computer settings. It is as if I have applied GPupdate /force. I am not but it acts like it.

what is happening and how can I stop it.
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Are roaming profiles in use on your network?
Hi there,

Check that your network settings on your XP machines are correct, especially DNS server settings.
Hi jontyplatt

A couple of things to check for are WINS and Sites and Services.

Is your 2003 DC running WINS? If it is are all the clients using it?

Sites and Services:
Ensure your site has the correct subnet.

I had a similar problem at my new company and foun that they had applied the wrong subnet to my site, I.E. when it should have been, this being wrong allows the clients to braodcast across many subnets looking for a DC to use.

Leon FesterIT Project Change ManagerCommented:
Hanging at Apply computer settings, usually indicates that the DNS Server cannot be contacted.
You may experience extremely long delays, when logging into domains using Windows XP Pro.  This is caused by the asyncronous loading of networking during the boot up process.  This speeds up the login process in a stand-alone workstation by allowing the user to log in with cached logon credentials before the network is fully ready.

To disable this "feature" and restore your domain logons to their normal speed, open the MMC and add the group policy snap-in.  Under Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System-->Logon, change "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" to ENABLED.

This can be fed to clients via a group policy from server

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