Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:52 PM
I have a newly installed MUltiPoint server that takes longer to start that I think it should. From pressing the button on the tower, it takes 23 seconds before there is a single BIOS beep and any display on the monitor screen. It appears to continue normally until 50 seconds into the boot when the default screen saver ("Windows MultiPoint Server 2011" jumping around the display) appears. That continues until 2.5 minutes into the boot when I am able to enter a username. From that point on all is as expected.
You may think 2.5 minutes is not so long to wait but this is not a domain server - in fact I have disconnected the Ethernet cable to eliminate other devices as being at fault. The kb/mouse are connected via a USB hub and there is no other hardware connected beyond the regular minimum.
I have an i7 CPU with 32GB RAM booting off a SSD. While the screen saver is displayed there is a little activity on the HDD LED but not much.
I ran Sysinternals' Procmon and logged the boot experience. The top time hogs by a long way were
103 secs. svchost.exe -k netsvcs NotifyChangeDirectory FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_FILE_NAME, FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_LAST_WRITE, FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_SECURITY
95 secs. lsass.exe NotifyChangeDirectory FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_FILE_NAME, FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_SIZE, FILE_NOTIFY_CHANGE_LAST_WRITE
Here ends the extent of my knowledge. Your thoughts appreciated.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:22 PM
your first 23 second has nothing to do with OS, it´s BIOS and detecting HW "issue".
For booting itself, time around 2 minutes it´s in general OK, because you are booting server operating system (based on Windows Server 2008R2). Is you server member server in domain? What about your network configuration? Fixed address or DHCP?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:04 PM
I accept that the initial 23 second delay is nothing to do with Windows. As mentioned in the OP this is not in a domain. When the Ethernet cable is connected the delay is of the same duration and the IP address is picked up from a DHCP server. it seems to be waiting/polling for something while the screen saver is displayed but I don't know how to find our what.
Friday, July 13, 2012 12:38 PM
It would be helpful to know if readers with MultiPoint servers also see a screen saver while booting - even if only for a few seconds as that would help me know whether I'm normal.