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January 28, 2022

Problems and Solutions For Slow Windows Logon Times

Slow logon times typically indicate issues for system administrators and can be very frustrating for end users. There's many reasons why users may experience slow logon times but some of the most common are profile loading, slow GPO and script processing, and print queue creation for the user. System administrators may find workarounds for some of these issues, but there are ultimately more effective solutions to improve the logon process for end users.

Profile Loading Issues

Bloated roaming profiles are one of the top reasons for slow logon times. Several types of profiles exist, but roaming profiles are the most common because they stay consistent across servers and individual sessions while maintaining personalized settings. The downside to this is that profiles often become bloated and significantly slow the logon process.  Roaming profiles take all user information and copy it from the server. When a user attempts logging onto a desktop, the information located on the server is used to create a local account for the user. The logon process is often slowed by user files or by a large registry file. The copying process compounds quickly when multiple users are logging on to a shared virtual server and the storage system and network have to process a large amount of files at the same time.

Tricerat's solution, ScrewDrivers®, solves the issue of slow logons when it comes to profile loading. Tricerat's patented technology uses a slimmed down local or mandatory profile, with user customizations and personal settings layered on top. This method results in a much faster logon process, but the user still has access to personal settings. The base profile can be optimized and all of the settings are available in a database designed to deliver the personalized settings in an efficient way.

GPO and Script Processing

Another issue that adds to slow logon times for users is the processing of GPO's and scripts intended for printer creation and print driver installation. GPO's themselves can be difficult for sys admins to keep track of, and they can quickly become bulky. The processing of these GPO's and scripts upon logon can significantly add to wait times. This process involves copying the policies from the domain controller, parsing each file, and then applying the settings into the session. At scale, these complexities can add valuable seconds to the logon process for each user.

Tricerat can help eliminate GPO's and scripting altogether. With ScrewDrivers, printer creation and print driver installation are much quicker than loading bulky scripts or numerous GPOs. Printers are created separately from the logon process so that users are able to get into their session more quickly. By the time a user goes to print after logging on, the printers have been built and all necessary print driver installations completed. 

Print Queue Creation

The printer mapping process during user logons can also cause delays in the desktop or application loading. Windows network printers will download and install the print driver and then connect to the printer. This is iterated for the number of printers and often slows down the perceived logon time for the user. When utilizing Citrix printers, the printing policies must be evaluated and then the print queues created while the user is waiting.

ScrewDrivers solves these problems by using a several methods. First, printers are built asynchronously with the logon process, allowing the desktop or application to load while the printers are still being created. Printers show up in the session shortly after the applications load so the user doesn’t notice a delay. ScrewDrivers also uses database queries to determine what printers need to be created for the user, offering the fastest possible processing. Finally, the only driver that is required is already loaded on the system, drastically reducing any time required to copy and load the driver. Every print queue utilizes this one driver, so regardless of the number of printers built, the process is much more efficient. 

The Windows logon process is complex and can be very frustrating for end users when they have long wait times. Solutions like Tricerat's ScrewDrivers optimize the logon process and provide a more efficient alternative to the built-in Windows methods. By utilizing these solutions, administrators gain more control over the user logon process and improve the performance experience for end users, saving company time and money through added efficiency. Check out ScrewDrivers in action with our recorded demo below.

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