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Fixing extremely slow domain logon windows 7

I just installed two Windows 7 machines and both of them take a very long time to logon to the (samba) domain controller. I’ve found several reports on the internet about people with the same issue. This was one of the pages I found. I tried it and it works. It says:

  • Run gpedit.msc.
  • Go to computer configuration.
  • Go to Administrative templates.
  • Go to System.
  • Go to User profiles.
  • Enable “Set maximum wait time for the network if a user has a roaming user profile or remote home directory” and set to 0 seconds

You’d think that this means it can’t logon, because it suggests the wait period was because of network connection problem. However, I tried adding files to the profile on the server and logged in, and the file was synced to the PC. So, it does seem to work.

While I was at it, I also changed the setting not to allow logons with temporary profiles. It’s in the same list as the option above. In Dutch, it’s “gebruikers niet aanmelden met tijdelijke profielen”.

I also found this about slow logons. It’s for Windows XP, but perhaps it’s useful. It sets “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon” to true. For some reason, the asynchronous loading of the network caused slowdown for that person.

Finally, I also found people who fixed slow logons by setting the desktop to an image, as opposed to solid color. I tested it, and indeed seemed to influence it.

Installing Samba from lenny-backports

With our new Windows 7 machines, we need at least samba 3.3.7. However, our server with Debian stable doesn’t have that in its repository. So, I was forced to install samba with lenny-backports.

I included this line in my /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free 

Because backports are disabled by default, I needed to pin all the packages required for samba:

Package: samba
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: smbclient
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: smbfs
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: samba-common
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: samba-common-bin
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: libwbclient0
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999
 
Package: libtalloc2
Pin: release a=lenny-backports
Pin-Priority: 999

I haven’t actually installed it, but I will soon. So I don’t know if it will work or not. Aptitude -s suggests it does.

Default e-mail addresses for domains

Sometimes automated services or people need to contact some domain administrator for a certain domain. There are a couple of addresses that should be present by default. Google uses these addresses to notify you when they put you on their malware blocklist:

  1. abuse@
  2. admin@
  3. administrator@
  4. contact@
  5. info@
  6. postmaster@
  7. support@
  8. webmaster@

I think I need these for my domains to be present by default:

  1. abuse@
  2. postmaster@
  3. hostmaster@
  4. webmaster@
  5. root@

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