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By Torque2K ·
Hello, everyone.

I've got a ton of Windows 2000 Pro clients in the field that authenticate to our NT domain. We have no problems doing this, but as a PC Administrator, I have limited Domain rights. When I need to work on the PCs, I have to log into the system using the local host name instead of the domain name.

My problem is, when the user gets the machine back, they forget to change the domain name back to the DOMAIN Name instead of the Local Host Name. I can't change this after I log out, because if I don't log in to the DOMAIN, it won't stick.

I've checked the registry settings for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AltDefaultDomainName and \DefaultDomainName, and they both reflect our DOMAIN name, but even after a reboot, the Local Host Name still comes up until switched...

I know others have this problem, but does anyone know of a solution? An unfortunate occurence under Win2K is that the user, who's already been authenticated once under the domain, will automatically create a fresh default-based profile, with NONE of their domain profile's files and programs available. Try explaining THAT to the CEO! :)

TIA,
Dan

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by timwalsh In reply to Default restore DOMAIN na ...

The Log-on screen will only show the credentials used in the last successful log-on (i.e. User ID, password, domain or local machine). You do have the option of showing or not showing the Domain Name on the Log-on screen. You may want to change the screen to show the Doamin if it's not doing so now. Hopefully that will clue the users in.
Basically, 1 of 2 things need to change.
Either your Domain Admin needs to free up some domain rights to allow you to do your job efficiently or your users need to wise up enough to realize that if they log-on and don't see what they are used to seeing, they probably aren't logged on to the domain and need to re-log-on correctly.
Another option would be to switch to Win2K Domain, which allows the domain administrator to delegate rights much more granularly.
Sorry, there isn't an easy answer for this one.

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by Torque2K In reply to Default restore DOMAIN na ...

Yeah, I figured this would be a tough one. I've tried your tips, but the users currently see the domain name by default on our systems, but even though they've been warned to make sure it says "OUR DOMAIN", they don't look.

Thanks anyway. Maybe by 2004 we'll "upgrade" to 2000 Server and AD... :)

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