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12-Sep-2011, 12:26 PM #1
Domain slowing down computer?
Hi:

Can being part of a domain slow down your computer?

Our setup is as follows: Users are in a remote location connected by satellite link to the domain server. The domain server is DNS and DHCP server for client computers. Because of the satellite connection data transmission has a longer than normal latency delay but transfer speeds are not bad (0.5 mps).

I can understand that when logging in, a client computer might experience a longer login time as Windows communicates with the domain server to validate credentials.

However, after logging in, are there network activities being performed by the client computer with the domain server on a permanent basis that would make the client computer much slower than normal while performing local tasks? Users report that when logged into the domain, their computers slow down significantly even when opening files on their hard disks.

It might be that other issues are causing the problem, but I would like to understand better how the client - server relationship works when logged into a domain so that we can test further.

Any help is appreciated.

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12-Sep-2011, 12:50 PM #2
As more users log in the more work the server must do, therefore it can become slower.

Also being a wireless connection, the weather, sun spots, and other items can be interfering with the signal.
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12-Sep-2011, 06:09 PM #3
But why would this have influences on tasks that begin and end on the client computer, presumably with no need to access the domain server? Why would the number of users logged in or the weather have an impact on the time it takes the client computer to open a large database residing on the its own hard drive?
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12-Sep-2011, 06:17 PM #4
Are you the network or server admin? If not, talk to that person/department. There may be domain policies in place that impose restrictions or run programs on connected client computers.
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12-Sep-2011, 07:57 PM #5
I've read somewhere that group policy refreshes every 90 minutes. So that is one thing that clients do with domain servers.

Also, profiles and documents can be set to store on the server. ( roaming profiles ) See this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaming_user_profile

Also, the document folder can also be set to store on the server (folder redirection). See this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folder_redirection

Since you have satellite, which may have slow upload, the above could take up some time.

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13-Sep-2011, 01:13 PM #6
Hi:

Yes. I am the domain administrator. And, no. There are no policies in place that impose restrictions.

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Hi:

Thank you for the ideas. These are all set to be stored locally.
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13-Sep-2011, 04:51 PM #8
Maybe someone in the Server forum can help. Click on the Report link and ask an admin to move this thread.
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