First, as with all my latest questions, a "disclaimer": Please only participate if you have met and solved this very problem yourself before.
We use several laptops (win7 x64, domain joined) that connect to our domain via VPN. The network connection can be really slow as it is hotel WLAN or UMTS, sometimes under bad conditions.
Problem: for our users, applying GPOs (computer and user level) takes too long, it takes some time to logon. We would like to apply the GPOs after logon.
My plan was to set the startup type of the Group policy client service to manual and start it after logon via a scheduled task. This works, but introduces a new problem: standard users may not logon any more. I searched, found a hack, http://ayuanx.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/disable-group-policy-win7/
- but that introduces new problems, which I will not spread out here.
Disclaimer, part II: I am also well aware that "slow link detection" exists, but it does not make it any better. Also, using local users, working without the network connection is not an option.
What could I do instead?