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Old 12-20-05, 12:33 PM
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Why would it take 30 min to log into a domain?

I'm playing with Norton's Ghost at home and have a domain setup with Windows 2000 server. My client machine is an older machine K6-333 64meg of Ram running win2k pro. I know it's an slow machine but navagating within windows is fine. But everytime I have to reboot or login to the domain it literately takes 30 min. It just sticks on the "loading personal preferences" window and finally goes in. I use the same login everytime so it's not like it's creating a new profile.

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Old 12-20-05, 12:48 PM
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Do you have Active Directory set up on the server?
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Old 12-20-05, 12:52 PM
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Yep. I can log into the server just fine. Just takes forever. Not sure why.


edit: Asked a friend and they said to check to see if I had my userprofiles setup on the server vs. the local machine. It may be taking so long transfering the data to the server.

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Old 12-20-05, 01:13 PM
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You do have the server's IP listed first on the client's DNS server list, don't you?
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Old 12-20-05, 01:19 PM
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hmmmm....You know I'm not sure. At work at the moment. Server is setup as DHCP server. The server itself has a fixed IP 192.168.1.15. I have scoped 1.100 - 1.103. I'm pretty sure the client is setup to obtain automatically.

Is this right ---> I have my Router turn off DHCP and let the Server handle DHCP. Or should/can I just let the router continue to handle DHCP?
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Old 12-20-05, 01:31 PM
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Although I generally don't use DHCP I have the server handle it. I don't know that it really matters but you better have the right DNS address in your router if you're going that route.

I was getting long delays (but not 30 minute ones) logging in to Win2K domain with an XP client. I found it was because I had another doman's DNS server address (which I wanted to use as my client's DNS server) before the IP of the server of the domain I wanted to login to. After I swapped around the DNS IPs all was well.
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Old 12-20-05, 03:06 PM
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So just make sure I have my server IP in the DNS field for the client machine?
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Old 12-20-05, 03:13 PM
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I found the server's IP had to be the first (top) IP in the DNS field. Having it second made logging in very slow. Not having it at all might be even worse.
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Ok. I'm home now and waiting for the thing to login

I'll change it and see if that helps. I'll post back. thx X
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Old 12-20-05, 03:30 PM
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MUCH faster. Thanks X.

Now I have to tackle the slotenable error I'm getting when Ghost boots up in PC-Dos. I think I have to disable PnP Bios for these 3com cards.
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