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Windows 2003 Server Taking Ages To Login

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Hi,

We have a HP G5 server which is running Windows 2003 Server, its got 4gb ram and 500gb HDD which is in RAID Mirror. When you try to login to the server either on the machine itself or via RDP it takes around 45 minutes to login, the server does serve DNS and file sharing but does seem a bit slow and does also sometimes hang and then needs to be restarted, I have checked the logs and nothing really stands out also checked on the RAID and its showing as ok, We are looking at replacing the server but need to try and get ti working until the new one arrives. Any help or suggestions be appreciated as i feel we have exhausted all options so far.
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initially check the network settings, if any firewall disable it..

check the ping ..

check the dns  using nslookup and ping

check Reverse and forward dns lookups...

if still issue remain then firstly create an additional domain controller on any PC ... or server machine...

go to run command

type

sfc /scannow

enter..

this will take long time to check system files..


or

check this article

http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/terminal_services_for_microsoft_windows_server_2003_advanced_technical_design_guide/pages/troubleshooting-slow-logons.aspx

all the best
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by:Dash Amr
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uninstall the HP system Homepage and reinstall the new version.

Hope that helps
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Do you think the HP system homepage would be causing it to be slow ?
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Yes I do specially if its not the recent one, try and please let me know
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Do you have a link where i can get the latest version from ? Thanks
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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there could be three possibilities for your issue -
hardware issue
domain login issue
OS issue.

I would start with a local account to see if there is any issue with domain login or creating a new temp user locally. for h/w issues you should be able to get some tools from HP support to check the health. for domain login issue, try with diff. user name or see if the subnet for that server is in correct site in AD sites and services. you may want to check the current authenticating DC by this command - set logonserver.
Also there could be some issues with GPO, local firewall or antivirus - lots of things to try.
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As per your descriptions, I will think there is something eating up your resources and that's why you are getting slow responses from it.

DNS or DC not problems will be noticeable when booting the machine and waiting for the Ctrl-Alt-Delete screen to come up and a long Appling Settings screen.

If the machine was running well before and there are no suspected errors and/or problems with hardware I don't see why you should replace this machine, you can run even windows server 2012 on this machine, if you put more memory on it, I know because I'm running several file server with G4 and 8GB of Ram.

If possible disconnect from the network, log in with a local administrator account and see if the problem persist.  If it does, check for unknown processes running in the background and remove/repair as needed.
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