BriForum Video - Decreasing Windows Login Time

In this session, Michael will show you how you can achieve the same 5-7 second login time that he enjoys.

At BriForum 2007 Amsterdam, Michael Thomason presented an updated version of his highly-regarded session entitled "Decreasing Windows Login Time."  In this session, Michael will show you how you can achieve the same 5-7 second login time that he enjoys.

From the session description:

As more and more users rely on Citrix/Terminal Services for application delivery, extremely fast login times have become more and more of a necessity. Not only does it enhance the user experience it also creates less resistance for porting applications. Between profile creation, policy processing, folder redirection, antivirus software, and “roaming profiles” login times seem to be increasing! Users expect consistent, reliable, and fast login times regardless of server user load.

Attendees will learn:

  • Detailed overview of the user login process.
  • Various system settings which dramatically decrease login time.
  • How to enable User Environment Debugging to trace user login experience to determine bottlenecks.
  • Streamline GPO policy processing time.
  • Proper antivirus software configuration and other various filter driver tweaks.
  • Various redirector and workstation service settings which enhance performance.
  • Understanding of how various disk/profile layouts affect login time.
  • How to reduce user profile size.
  • Demonstrate efficient methods for creating “roaming” user profiles/settings.
  • Recommended methods and techniques for folder redirection including Favorites, My Documents, IE history, cookies, and others.
  • Monitoring/Reporting on user login/application experience.

Michael will be updating his session once again for this year's BriForum in Chicago to include multi-threaded logons.  Be sure to check out the session description.

To watch the session click here or on the screen shot below.  You can download the PPT that accompanies the presentation here .

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It's a little hard to read the content on some of the slides (especially URLs). Having a copy of the PPT would be really great.


As much as i appreciate you posting these Briforum videos for us to view for free it's somewhat of a pain to switch browsers, Safari to Firefox in this instance, for playback. 

Under Safari the you see the loading content screen but nothing else. 

Just checked on my machine, and it works just fine under Safari.  I'm using version 3.1.1 with the latest FlashPlayer installed.  Check out to see your version.  9,0,124,0 is what is working for me.

Absolutely awesome video, learned heaps... thanks

and, I watched it on safari 3.1.1 too (on Leopard) 

I saw this presentation last year, and again this year.  The difference is that this year I did something with the information!!!  My servers are screaming now.  Thank you so much Michael.
I am currently unable to view the autometrixs website to find some of the scripts/tools he mentioned. Does anyone know if he has since relocated to a new domain?

I mailed him right after the Briforum Amsterdam last year. Never got a response...

I'm also very interested in those apps. If anyone has them or has a way to contact  Michael...

Brian and/or Gabe.. Is this something you can do for us?? 


Hi everyone,

I'm working with Michael to get the new AutoMetrixs site up and running. We'll have it working very soon, and I'll post here and elsewhere when it's available.


James Diehl