Prove the login window is available before the network is up on OS X 10.6

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Add this change to the login window defaults:
 defaults write /Library/Preferences/ AdminHostInfo DSStatus

Reboot, and you will get a red dot telling you when the network ds services is up.
You can try this to add a delay for the login window:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/ StartupDelay -int 60

This 60 second delay will be stopped short if the network comes up before the 60 seconds is up,
and the login window app will display.
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