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July 9, 2021

Solving Slow Windows Logon Times with ScrewDrivers

Slow logon times can lead to issues for system admins as well as be very frustrating for end users. Users may experience slow logon times, but the most common reasons for this are slow GPO, and script processing, print queue creation for the user, and storage of the virtualization system. System administrators may be able to work through some of these issues, but there are effective long term solutions to make the logon process more efficient and quicker for end users.

Resolving GPO and Script Processing Issues

One of the main issues that contributes to slow logon times for users is often the processing of GPO's and scripts. GPO's can rapidly become bulky and oftentimes are organizationally difficult for admins to keep track of. Additionally, the processing of GPO's and scripts can increase wait times, especially if there are many GPO's or scripts set for a user. These complexities can add valuable seconds to the logon process for each user when deployed at scale.

Tricerat is able to help eliminate GPO's and scripting altogether. With ScrewDrivers, the user settings are stored as a database records, so during logon they are processed as simple database queries which are much quicker than loading bulky scripts or numerous GPOs. Admins can more easily manage the settings per object and assign those settings as a drag-and-drop operation to users and groups that require them. Even customized user settings from the session are saved into the database for quick operations at both logon and logoff.

Print Queue Creation Slowdown Solution

Printer mapping processes during the user logon can also contribute to delays in the desktop or application loading. When normal Windows printers are used, the network printers will download and install the print driver and then connect to the printer. This process is then repeated for the number of printers and often slows down the perceived logon time for the user. Citrix printers differ from Windows in that the printing policies must be evaluated, and the print queues created while the user is waiting.

Mapping Printers with ScrewDrivers®

Tricerat’s ScrewDrivers solves these problems by using a several methods. Printers are built asynchronously with the logon process, allowing the desktop or application to load while the printers are still being created. Shortly after the applications load the printers will show up in the session, thus eliminating the delay for users. ScrewDrivers also uses database queries to determine what printers need to be created for the user, offering the fastest possible processing. On top of the faster processing, the only driver that is required by ScrewDrivers is already loaded on the system, drastically reducing any time required to copy and load the driver. Every print queue utilizes this single driver, so regardless of the number of printers built, the process remains the same and increases efficiency.

The Windows logon process is complex and can be very frustrating for end users when they have long wait times. Contributing to these long wait times are very often GPO and script processing, print queue creation, and sometimes the storage and virtualization infrastructure. Solutions like Tricerat's ScrewDrivers optimize the logon process and provide a more efficient alternative to the built-in Windows methods. By utilizing this solution, system administrators gain more control over the user logon process and improve the performance experience for end users. You can learn more about ScrewDrivers by visiting our solutions page today.

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