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First time login to a domain with Remote Access VPN

By kidica ·
I have a client who just recently purchased herself a new XP laptop and works from home/road. With local admin rights, she installed Sonicwall's SSL VPN (Remote Access) and got her to join the computer to her company's xyz.com domain (fake).
The problem is that after the user restarts/log off her machine, the VPN connection terminates to her domain, and she cannot login into the domain since she doesn't have cached credentials and/or domain is unavailable.
I have tried using the "dial-up" option at the logon prompt and use Sonicwall's SSL VPN as the connection, but I don't believe it was made for that. I've got her to ship off her computer to HQ where we will login with her user credentials and should cache her account.

Is there a workaround on setting up VPN users instead of shipping off the laptop to HQ?

Any help appreciated.

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Service

by Churdoo In reply to First time login to a dom ...

Doesn't the sonicwall Global VPN client have an option to install as a service? I may be thinking of another, but if not, and if it won't list itself as a DUN object, then you're pretty much hosed and off to HQ the lappy shall go.

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Service

by kidica In reply to Service

Sonicwall vpn client does run as a service in the background and it's set to automatic. But still cannot get it to run. The laptop has been sent to HQ. Thx. Next time, I think I'm going to try something different.
1. Turn on VPN
2. Join computer to domain
3. Restart machine
4. Login with local account
5. Turn on VPN
6. Click Ctrl+Alt+Del
7. Type domain username/password and logon onto domain.

You think that's possible?

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This works!!!!!!!!

by kidica In reply to Service

I tried this and it works. Good luck to you all.

1. Turn on VPN
2. Join computer to domain
3. Restart machine
4. Login with local account
5. Turn on VPN
6. Click Ctrl+Alt+Del
7. Type domain username/password and logon onto domain.

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Very nice!

by eugene81 In reply to This works!!!!!!!!

This always annoyed the crap out of me.

... By Ctrl+Alt+Del I'm assuming you mean lock the computer.

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Tunnel + AD/DNS resolution

by Churdoo In reply to First time login to a dom ...

as long as the tunnel is up, AND the local machine is doing DNS resolution through the tunnel back to the AD/DNS resolvers at HQ at least for the first login.
Sometimes I've had to go into the TCP/IP properties and override the DNS settings with the HQ active directory DNS in order to make the first login, and then after the cache is built in the local profile, you can return the settings to normal.

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