Perhaps one of the most frustrating issues to troubleshoot is a system that sits at the “Applying Computer Settings …” screen for what seems like forever before (eventually) getting to the point that you can log in. In the overwhelming majority of the cases, the system is trying to complete an operation and is waiting for a response.
Before we get too deep into what’s going on with “Applying Computer Settings”, let’s take a quick look at the boot sequence for a client machine joined to an Active Directory domain that receives a dynamic IP Address.
- User powers on the machine which goes through a POST (Power-On Self-Test) sequence. The POST sequence displays information about the BIOS, and the amount of physical memory installed. The system will also attempt t initialize PCI cards. Once the POST sequence has completed, you will normally see a basic table outlining the system configuration including disk information, and PCI card information.
- The system goes through the process of acquiring a DHCP address, normally referred to as DORA[…]