View Full Version : slow logging into windows 2000 server

12-11-2005, 01:40 AM
Okay, I'm new to windows 2000 Server, or pretty much any server OS, but I understand networking and such...

I have a couple users set up as roaming profiles on the windows 2000 server, but when I try to log in from another system running Windows XP Pro, it displays the normal "Applying your personal settings" message, however it doesn't go away and finish the login for about 2 full minutes. And there isn't any network activity while it's displaying this message.

(Once it passes that message, everything works fine)

Is this normal? Or is there something maybe wrong with my server setup, or even on the client system?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

12-11-2005, 02:04 AM
How have you got your network set up?

12-11-2005, 02:24 AM
i'm using D-link 4-port 10/100 wireless router. (no systems on the domain are using the wireless)

all the systems are connected to the router (i currently have only 2 systems setup for accessing/controlling the domain)

the windows 2000 Server is running on a Pentium 233Mhz, with 104MB SDRAM.

and the Windows XP Pro is on an AMD Sempron 2400, with 768MB DDR.

The network is using TCP/IP under the 192.168.3.~ range
Client for Microsoft Networks is enabled.

Is this what you wanted to know? If not, please be specific.

12-11-2005, 02:34 AM
the windows 2000 Server is running on a Pentium 233Mhz, with 104MB SDRAM.

Well that's probably why your network logon is slow, how much system resources is 2k taking up at any one time? That's quite a low spec.
I've got a 1.1ghz Celeron with 1024MB RAM running Server 03 Enterprise - my domain logon is pretty fast :)

However depending on how busy your server is at the time of logon, it affects logon times.

12-11-2005, 02:47 AM
I don't understand how the slow server would cause the XP system to have a slow logon because there is absolutely NO network activity while this delay is taking place.

But here's the used up system resources right now:
Memory usage: 9,364KB available;
CPU: 2%;
System Cache: 30,396KB;

12-11-2005, 02:53 AM
Dodgy network card? It's worth checking out..

12-11-2005, 02:58 AM
if that were the problem, wouldn't it cause delays all the time? the only time i get any kind of delay is after i logon.

file transfer is really quick. printing is fast. everying network related works normally once it *finally* logs on.

hmm..i just checked this issue out on the microsoft knowledge base. it said to disable WebClient, I did that, still didn't work. and it says all kinds of registry fixes to do, but I don't like messing with the registry.

12-11-2005, 04:12 AM
Check what networking protocols you have set up on that machine in the network configuration. All you need is what's necessary for TCP/IP. You may have other protocols (NetBeui, IPX, etc) and such installed/setup and they may be trying to contact a network and timing out which could explain the 2 minute login time.

12-11-2005, 04:34 AM
Thanks everyone.

I found the fix:
Click start->click run->type: gpedit.msc -->click OK
->Administrative Templates->System->Logon....Enable -> "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon."

This fixed the problem. I found it doing a search on google, which didn't work

I also renamed my domain from domain.mydomain.com to domain.mydomain.local

There is no delay now:rolleyes: