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How can you log into a domain pc (XP) automatically

By sims.kim ·
I am trying to not have to use the log on credentials every time I boot my XP pro machine. One last thing the box is on a domain.

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I don't recommend this...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to How can you log into a do ...

...however, you could use TweakUI to accomplish this:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx

Again, generally speaking, auto-logins are not ideal. Also, if your domain forces password changes, you'll hit snags when it is time to change the PW (unless you are proactive in changing the settings).

Finally, I did mention that auto-logins aren't really good practice, right? :)

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There are other utilities, but

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I don't recommend this...

As NSCG notes, you're going to have to reset or reconfigure them every time you change your password.

And as seanferd says, this may not go over with your network administrators.

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I understand auto-logins aren't really good practice,

by sims.kim In reply to I don't recommend this...

I do agree auto-logins aren't really good practice, however we just move users to a hosted environment and they have to log on anyway.

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idea....

by ---TK--- In reply to I understand auto-logins ...

If you are going to move forward with autologin's I would make a .bat that auto locks the screen so they do have to put in
their password.... even though they are already logged in. This way they still do have to know their password, and not just anyone can plop into their seat and start using their domain account.

Create a .txt place this in it:

@echo off
rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
cls

Rename the .txt to .bat, place it in their start up folder and hide it.

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In this case...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to I understand auto-logins ...

...I'd really recommend not doing it.

If someone sets the browser to store the login information, and you auto-log in their systems, you've pretty much opened up the doors to whatever information is contained on the corporate network or in the cloud. Depending on whose account gets breached, you could be talking about large scale disaster.

If anything, I'd recommend going the biometric route. Reduces login hassles (what's easier than a finger swipe), has equal administrative hassles (still have to sync PWs) and is relatively secure.

Another option, which may be cheaper or more expensive (depending on scale and what hardware you already have deployed) than biometrics would be to get a password manager device, like this:
http://www.imprivata.com/ (there are others, but I've only had personal experience with this one, and it worked out fine)

Login at the main screen, and you get logged into any subsequent logins as necessary.

I assume someone high up in the food chain is harping for convenience. There is nothing convenient about corporate information heading out the door to a malicious individual!

EDIT:
Also, several cloud providers do offer APIs that integrate into the domain to provide SSO capability. I'd encourage you to ask about it, if you haven't done so already.

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Talk to the network admin?

by seanferd In reply to How can you log into a do ...

Login exists for a reason.

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