We have recently began adding XPe thin clients to our domain in preperation for a new citrix environment.
One thing that has been picked up on in testing is that they appear slow to boot. The issue manifest's it's self as the classic "Applying Computer Settings..." screen we are all used to seeing.
After digging into the issue it appears the DHCP Client service is taking some time to load on boot, this varies but I would estimate it can take around 1 minute in some cases.
I've eliminated the classic issues, DHCP is responding correctly and in quick time. DNS is not the cause and GPO's are applying promptly.
A simple workaround is to assign the client a static IP which work's great so the TCP/IP servies are obviously firing up quickly, just not DHCP Client.
Does anyone have any idea's on how I may be able to improve the service start time? Keen to find a better solution before I get my arm twisted into setting up 250 thin clients with static addressing!
Sorry, I omitted this from the opening post.
Portfast doesn't solve the issue but it does however move it.
Now, the applying computer setting appears after the user logs in, if they do it before its finished sorting its self out in the background.