Slow login to windows 2003 Server

February 25, 2005 at 02:46:53
Specs: Windows Server 2003, P-4 512

When we login to Server 2003 from windows 2000 Professional Workstations some time we have to wait for several minitues. System Show the message "Loading your Personal Settings" and User have to wait a lot.
But some time user login take few seconds
But some time its very slow and time taking
Please any one can tell any soloution.

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February 25, 2005 at 03:47:54

Check DNS settings on PC's and make sure they all point to a local DNS server as its primary DNS server

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February 25, 2005 at 04:41:45

Is this a domain? If it is, logons are always slower on a domain as it has to load computer/user settings, run logon scripts etc. When I log onto my PC at work, from power up to desktop takes about 10 minutes. If it is a domain and your login time is 10 minutes or less, then it's likely there's nothing wrong. If it is longer, start by checking your DNS like Neil said.

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February 25, 2005 at 15:32:40

Check your DNS server configuration. It might not configured properly to resolve hosts record. Open the DNS console. See that you have a zone with the same name as your AD domain . Ck that within it you have the 4 SRV record folders.(_msdcs, _sites, _TCP,& _UPD )They must exist.

Five minutes to logon is considered long.

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February 27, 2005 at 05:38:44

No 5 minutes is not considered long....not in any of the many different domains I've done support for, or am doing support for.

When you first boot it has to get machine and user settings from the DC. Then it runs any GPO's, scripts, or batch files you may have set to run at logon. These all take time.

Like I said, logging on to our domain at work takes at least 10 minutes from when I hit the power button until I can access anything on the desktop. Of course my situation may differ some from yours or the original posters as we have a VPN tunnel from our office to the main office in another city 250 km's away (that's 120 miles for you US folks *g*) and we authenticate to the main DC in the other office (not my idea....this was setup before I came to work here....if I had my druthers, we'ld have a copy of the GC on our local server and would authenticate to it instead which would reduce login time by a couple minutes). We use Citrix over the VPN as well. Still...even when logging into a DC that's at the local site, you're looking at 5 minutes at least to logon if you run any GPO's or scripts.

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February 27, 2005 at 05:46:39

I should have asked....since I know I'm not always right (don't I you using roaming profiles?

In the original post you said:

"But some time user login take few seconds
But some time its very slow and time taking"

If you use roaming profiles, the times it's faster could be when you're loading a locally cached profile due to not being able to contact the DC. You'll know if that's happening as you'll get error messages stating your inability to contact the DC.

Bandwidth usage could also cause slower/faster logons. ie: when it's busy and a lot of bandwidth is being used logon's will take longer....when it's not busy, less time.

DNS may very well be causing you problems.....but if you're having no resolution problems...either internally or externally, I doubt it is DNS. Unless it's consistently taking more than 10 minutes to logon, I really don't think you have a problem.

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March 7, 2005 at 11:43:25

The suggestion to poin the DNS to the AD Server was a great one it worked, that had never been suggested and it worked, I am so happy. Thanks for the suggestions.

Have a great one.

For other users...

I just pointed the primary DNS address to the server's IP, this would then allow for faster login times. I also set the server up to forward any requests outside my organaztion to the ISP (router) and it works great.

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March 23, 2005 at 12:19:37


I am having same problem on W2K server. It takes roughly 30 minutes to logon. I tried your suggestion using server IP as DNS and login is lightning fast. However, I can't access internet anymore.
I tried changing forwarder information on DNS server but It does not allow me to change anything because it is setup as root server."Forwarders are not available because this is a root server".
What should I do?

Thanks and Best Regards,

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