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Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, GPO, Slow question

kcnychief

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I'm running Windows Server 2003 in a small environment, and had a few questions.

1. I'm questioning if my GPO is running, I tried to do both a "gpupdate" and a "gpupdate /force" but neither does anything. The CMD window just sits there. Of note, I am doing this over a remote connection, would or should that effect it?

2. A few of the computers take a long time to logon to the domain, they are virus free (fresh installs of windows) and the network is 100mb speed. I haven't yet, but have already planned on trying enabling NETBIOS over TCP/IP, any other suggestions for speeding up logon?

I only have one GPO running, so I don't think that would slow it down.
 
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Also, what OS are the clients running?

From one of the XP SP2 (if applicable), log on as the domain admin and run GPRESULT. This will tell you the applied policies.
 

kcnychief

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As of right now there is only one client, as we are doing a test on the environment before the upgrade. Site only has 23 machines. The machine is running WINXP with SP2.

I know the policy is running, because Folder Re-direction is working fine.
 

kcnychief

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A couple more things I just tried....

  • While the server points to itself for DNS, the clients were pointing outbound. I changed the client to point to the Server for DNS, then used a lookup zone to get out.
  • Also, found this on the net.. "Slow domain logons are usually due to a couple of possible conditions. One of the most common reasons, especially in XP, is the use of asynchronous networking. You can disable this feature in Group Policy, under Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Logon. Change "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" to "Enabled"
Have to wait a few hours to test it because the machine is in use, but will report back
 
#7
You should not need to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP as SMB handles all of that in an AD domain with 2000/XP clients.

I know you said you have one machine in your test environment, but is it possible to see if a Windows 2000 machine has this issue? Have you tried enabling / disabling fast boot for XP? What about disabling the Win Firewall?

Run kerbtray.exe and see what the auth server is.

edit: Forgot to mention the DNS that you just mentioned. Also, try disabling the Asyncronous logon policy.
 
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madmatt

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Was there a specific reason you decided to go with Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition? Just curious?

Are you running DHCP? Just curious, again.

Are there any errors or warnings on the server after a reboot under File Replication Service or Directory Service?

Do you have more than one Domain Controller?
 

madmatt

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We always get off topic but Exchange 2003 is awesome compared to 2000. I just finished rolling out my Exchange Cluster on 2003. It's amazing. The new OWA is awesome.

I am running seven servers. All of which are 2003 SP1 except my mail scrubber (still on Windows 2000 Server).
 

Electronic Punk

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15 DCs, means we do have to move slowly...

I don't know why group policy wouldn't be picked up.
Does the default domain policy have no override? (hope not) Is the PC in the correct OU?
 
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madmatt said:
We always get off topic but Exchange 2003 is awesome compared to 2000. I just finished rolling out my Exchange Cluster on 2003. It's amazing. The new OWA is awesome.

I am running seven servers. All of which are 2003 SP1 except my mail scrubber (still on Windows 2000 Server).
Damn it. I can't wait to get Exchange 2003 installed. My MSDNAA subscription was temporarily disabled when the quarter ended, so I had to wait. Hopefully I'll have it done sometime in the next couple of weeks. :)
 

madmatt

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NetRyder said:
Damn it. I can't wait to get Exchange 2003 installed. My MSDNAA subscription was temporarily disabled when the quarter ended, so I had to wait. Hopefully I'll have it done sometime in the next couple of weeks. :)
Are you doing a fresh install on a new server or are you migrating?

EP: See, we really do need a Server discussion forum!
 
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madmatt said:
Are you doing a fresh install on a new server or are you migrating?

EP: See, we really do need a Server discussion forum!
Fresh install, new server. I'll start a thread before I get around to it. Don't have access to the ISO's yet. :)
 

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