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When a Windows 2000 Professional workstation logs onto a domain where group policy processing is enabled, the logon can take a long time. The wait time for group policy processing depends on how many policies have to be evaluated, the number of changes to be applied, and whether or not the policies themselves have changed singe the last logon.

Another and greater reason for policy processing taking as long as it does is because Windows 2000 processes policies synchronously. This means each step of the policy is applied one at a time, with the server waiting for individual confirmation that each step has been applied before moving on to the next one. On the other hand, Windows XP Professional applies policies asynchronously: every step in the policy is applied at the same time, with the server confirming each step independently. This makes for a much faster login.

There is one downside to this behavior, which many people feel is a fair trade for the faster login time...

>> Read the full article entitled 'Speed up GPO processing during logon '.
>> Learn about using GPOs to manage disk quotas.

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