Solutions for making Active Directory Sites and Services with ADAM run faster

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http://serverfault.com – The MMC snapin from ADAM called Active Directory Sites and Services is running slow. It was installed on Windows 7 as part of an Active Directory project. We are doing some Active Directory development, but the dev machines are not on the domain. ADAM seems like the right solution. However, the MMC snapin is extremely slow. Is there a solution for this? Why could it be slow? How do I make it faster? I often have to click and leave it for minutes. In fact, I thought it was broken as I started writing this. I had to change this from a question about it not working, to a question about (HowTos)