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It is taking an extremely long time for my machines to actually boot and log in.  It getting stuck 1st on applying security settings and then once the use finally logs in applying computer settings.  Is there any way I can see what is causing this?  I have some Gpo's but nothing that should hinder login times like this...
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Hi,

Look into the event logs.  Also, are the machines installing application, MS, antivirus, updates?  Are you running Wins?  Try disabling NetBIOS over TCP/IP under the TCP/IP stack.

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Anything in the event log?  Or rsop?

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no wins only DNS.  I have nothing installing via GPOs ( programs). antivirus happens but not via gpo and it's a specific times of the day.  To install programs I have a product called DSM which installs the software when the user is logged in.  But is there a product or something that will tell me what's happening?  I have a corp office and I'm a child domain so maybe they are doing something but I need to actually see it.
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Where do the pc's point to for DNS?  Locally or at another office site?
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Run dcdiag on server post results.

Make sure clients are pointing to DC for DNS in their TCP\IP properties only and DC only points to DCs for DNS as well in it's TCP\IP properties

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Also which DC are the pcs authenticating too- locally or another site?

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I've had this happen a couple times. Until you find the permanent resolution, try booting up with the network cables unplugged. It should boot up faster as it's not trying to get a response from another machine.

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DNS and Domain controller is local.  As for my GPO's I have mostly mapped drives and desktop lockdown, along with WSUS and screensavers.  I'll try dcdiag on the server and post.
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Do this as well

Under Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System-->Logon, change "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" to ENABLED

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everything passed.. I've attached the txt file dcdiag.txt

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that is already enabled on the default GPO. Do I need to do that for all GPO's?
Enable Verbose Logging

Try enabling Verbose Logging

You might want to determine exactly what program or process is actually causing the problem. This will help to point to the issue. Enabling Verbose Logging, the system will display a small window during startup, shutdown, logging on and logging off. Watch the display as it is starting. Chances are very good you will see a process or program displayed in the window for a long time. If so, then that is the culprit and we can go from there. Follow the instructions here for enabling this function. Use whichever section applies as far as network or standalone.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316243 

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OK if I set this up for a few machines do I need to actually watch the login or will it write to a log?

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it appears to be getting hung up on internet explorer branding policy... But also b4 I even get to the login screen it hangs on applying computer settings
You need to watch it. Just apply to one system that is affected.

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OK I think the problem is my proxy settings in my default domain policy
Sounds logical. Verbose logging is a great way to identify delays in systems. Good luck.

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so perhaps it's my proxy setting?  I wonder if there's a way to make them perm on all machines
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You've got some good advice already.  Only thing I want to add is a link to the best way's I've ever seen in one place on optimizing XP performance (including boot times)
http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html

It may come in handy.

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THanks  I think I know what the problem is now I need to tackle how to fix it.

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