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Can this GPO setting applied to DC's cause very slow startup

Posted on 2014-03-07
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I am cleaning up an Active Directory Domain for someone.  One of their complaints centers around the fact that when the domain controllers on the Forest\Domain (it is a flat design) are rebooted they take an extremely long period of time to boot up and replicate with each other.  GPO processing is especially acute.

I noticed they applied the GPO setting 'Always wait for the Network at computer startup and logon' in the Domain Controllers Policy.  I have never applied this at the DC level.  It seems this would be the cause of the issue but I would like to get a second opinion before I disable it?

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Question by:sagdoc
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Zac Harris earned 500 total points
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I wouldn't recommend using this setting on a DC. Servers usually do take longer to boot than a normal PC but requiring it to wait for a network connection just makes the process longer, especially if there are processes/programs with a higher priority than your network services on the server.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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This settings will ensure that logon is not possible until startup policies are applied.  Usually this is not enabled and thus policies run asynchronously,
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by:miller3773
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What OS is the server and what functionality is the domain? It could also be waiting for DNS to get loaded from Active Directory if it is integrated.
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The OS w2k8 R2 SP1.  The functionality is Windows 2008 R2 at Forest and domain, with ADDNS.  I think that is exactly what is happening, waiting for DNS. Sounds like I need to disable that GPO
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Disabling the GPO resolved the problem
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