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Windows 7: Very slow initial response browsing to Server 2008R2

18 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Very slow initial response browsing to Server 2008R2

Hey guys, this one has been bugging me for a while so I thought I'd finally sign up and ask the community. I've found a lot of help on these forums before so hopefully someone can help out.

So my situation so far: I'm running an ESXi 5 host on a whitebox PC. On this is my Server 2008R2 (Which idles at 200mhz and 300mb RAM of the available 3ghz i5 and 4gb) and a Windows 7 terminal which I use to remote into my home network from my work/phone. It's very stable and there's hardly any overhead that would limit performance. If anything the slowest thing is the hard drive spinning up after being turned off.

This server is a DC, however there is only 3 other PCs on the domain; the terminal and some test servers which I use to prototype systems for work. The other 4 computers on the network are on workgroup/homegroup setups running various Windows 7 x64 versions. HP, Pro and Ulti. The other roles are File Services, IIS and WDS. DHCP and DNS are running and configured, however my D-link router handles both roles while I get everything else set up (Ran into a problem making the switch over which I'm still trying to work out. I think it's gateway related). This problem existed before I configured the DNS/DHCP roles, so I don't think they're related, but they could fix the problem if I finally get it going properly.

The whole network is gigabit running on CAT6e cables or Wireless-N and it works very well once everything is connected and running until I turn the machine off, however that initial connection can take a few minutes before I can start browsing/streaming. This is even while someone else is streaming video off the server so I know it isn't the PC waking up. RDC is disabled and there is no AV running on the server. Desktops are using everything from Avast to Trend with similar results.

All file shares have full control available to Everyone, but I still need to input a username and password, even if I map them as a network drive using other credentials or have the local user accounts also set up as domain accounts with the same passwords. Local accounts are also able to log in to view the shares, but it still prompts for a password on that initial connection which I want to avoid.

Something I just learnt tonight is that one of the desktops took 30 minutes to log in. I think this might be unrelated to the network drives that were set up, but I wouldn't rule it out. I'm going to try booting it up without network later and see if that helps.

Another thing I've noticed is that when I go to join a PC to the domain when I'm testing automated deployments is that I need to change the DNS server to my DC instead of my router for it to actually see the domain to join it. I thought I could just do this with all the PCs, but I'd rather DHCP handle all of that and I can manage it all on the server/router instead of setting static settings on the PCs themselves.

Does anyone have any ideas why it would be taking up to 5 minutes to get that initial authorisation from the server? How can I fix it and make it near instant, taking note that I can't join the workstations to the domain thanks to the Home Premium PCs. Would this maybe be caused by Homegroup at all?

I can provide a network map if you need it. It is a bit complicated for a home network, especially since I'm running ESXi.

This is the first time I've set up something this complicated. My previous setup was a PC running Windows 7 that just acted like a NAS, but with wanting to test/learn things for my job (Desktop Technician for a software developer) I needed to make it a bit more complicated and learn as I go. So far it's gone well, but these kinds of glitches tend to annoy the people who just want to watch videos.

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