I am addressing this issue;

XP SP2 running client 6.5sp2 post sp2 rollup. Not running any Netware
Client. Neither Microsoft's nor Novell's.

I have the registry set to retry 6 times every 60 seconds. Our sync is set
to sync every 5 minutes.

The problem I am having is that when a user logs in, and the passwords
failed to sync upon password change due to a users last name not being
entered, or because password sync fails to update eDirectory, then the user
takes 6 to 10 minutes to log into the network.

I thought Middle Tier login was a background event? Can I make it such?
The only thing I use eDirectory for is Zenworks. I'd rather the user get
to their desktop while Middle tier was attempting login to eDirectory.
Registry settings?