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  • Our application is creating a new Windows user in answer to each request. In space of one year hundred of thousands of new users are being added and subsequently deleted. We noticed that after a while our servers start to slow down while logging on a new user. The delay occurs when Windows displays "Applying your personal setting" message, taking 25 seconds on a used server as opposed to 5 seconds it takes on a brand new machine. Each time a user logs on it logs on using a brand new user account. We cleaned up the registry of any residual entries left over while adding and deleting a users but it made no difference. Is there any way to correct this problem without having to reinstall the OS?
    Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:10 PM

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  • Hi

    a couple of questions here:
    - are your users created locally or in Active directory?
    - how exactly did you clean up the 'registry'?

    if your users are created in AD, one thing to know is that while AD is very fast when looking up, it's a lot slower when creating or updating..  The bigger your AD, the slower it's going to get.

    A simple solution here might be to delete all the non active users from AD (in the case where you didn't do this yet).  Also, consider scaling out the number of servers running your AD (if required)


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    Friday, June 25, 2010 4:16 AM
  • All the users are created locally. For cleaning up the registry we dumped registry content before/after logging a user, run a diff, identified all new entries and went on an deleted those new entries with the regedit.
    Friday, June 25, 2010 4:53 PM
  • hey

    there's more to creating a new user than a set of registry edits, there's also local settings etc.

    If these are still there, they could potentially be slowing you down.. (see the Users folder for all the unused user accounts).


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    Monday, June 28, 2010 1:11 PM