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Novell over-riding Win2k autologon!

By M Trump ·
Hopefully, this will be an easy answer for some of you who have worked with Win 2000 for a while now. Here's my problem, I am getting ready to deploy Windows 2000 Prof. on a computer lab in my district where many different users will be logging on/off daily. Here's the kick: our LAN uses Novell BUT for some reason, when a user logs in using the client (version 4., Microsoft's autologon apparently is disabled! Without Novell, it's a breeze....you set the machine to automatically log on a user and that's that. With Novell, even though a user is set to automatically log on to the station (no password for the user), whenever a different person logs onto the Novell client, windows asks for a desktop login as well.

HELP!! I need to have these machines able to have anyone log into the Novell client without asking them to provide a seperate password to enter the desktop (especially since there is a box that allows the users to match the desktop login with their Novell password.....(NOT GOOD)

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by pierrejamme In reply to Novell over-riding Win2k ...

Two questions asked actually.
The easy one is Windows desktop login. If you have a separated Windows Desktop password from the NetWare password it will continue to ask you that password. Delete C:\windows\*.pwl, reboot and enter your NetWare password for Windows desktop and you won't see it again.
The harder one for the MS login. What is the "Primary Network Login" in the Network Neighborhood properties? Are you sure you aren't logged into the MS client. Check in Explorer for shared computers or whatever MS stuff you have.
Normally if you use the same password for both, you only have to enter it for the first client you log into, in this case NetWare. Since they are the same password, it doesn't ask you twice. Try changing your MS network password and re-logging in to see if it asks you for a password.

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by M Trump In reply to Novell over-riding Win2k ...

All that works if there is only one user for the computer (and you're in Win 95/98/ME) BUT we're talking about many,many passwords being entered daily through Novell and in Win 2000 the autologon feature should, in essence, work for the desktop logon. The problem: Client32 is blocking that from happening. It is a Novell software issue, not Windows 2k (no, MS client does not exist on these desktops and pwl files aren't used in Windows 2000)

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by WanabeDrSean In reply to Novell over-riding Win2k ...

I am currently deploying zen for desktops in a school district we had to update all the netware clients for the win 2k machines yopu can fix your problem in the registry.
here is how you do it: search for the setting (defaultusername)and the default username will be the value next to it then create a new key called (defaultpassword)with a value of the password for whatever user name you are using also there is a key called (autoadminlogon) in this part of the registry make shure the value is set to one not zero. then once this is done select the part of the registry hive it is under and export it to a registry script then copy that file to a floppy and run it on all the machines that you want to autologon for the workstation. if this is done properly then the computer will boot right to the desktop and the novell login will come up if you have trouble getting this to work let me know and I will send you the registry script that will do it for you i wish that I could tell you exactlywhere it is in the registry but i dont have a w2k machine in front of me to verify the registry location .

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by M Trump In reply to Novell over-riding Win2k ...

Thank you. Only problem I've found now is when you go in as an administrator, say to add a printer,etc., the registry is automaticaly updated and when signing back on as another user, the whole process starts over again UNLESS you log back intothe workstation as the default user. Adds an extra step when troubleshooting (loging in again)but hey, at least it works!

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by papachuck In reply to Novell over-riding Win2k ...

Heres how we do the Novell login and Win2K auotlogin. it involves a regedit. Be sure to try on a non porduction machine first.
1. Start Regedit
2. drill down to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon
3. change AutoAdminLogin to 1
4. Add a new string value named DefaultPassword
5. set its value to "(what ever you choose)"
6. confirm that DefaultUserName is Administrator
7. Drill down to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Novell\login
8. add a DWORD value called AutoAdminQueryNDS
9. set its value to 1
Now you have a login to win2k using Novell only (auto logon to the workstation)...Good Luck Chuck

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by M Trump In reply to Novell over-riding Win2k ...

Thank you. Only problem I've found now is when you go in as an administrator, say to add a printer,etc., the registry is automaticaly updated and when signing back on as another user, the whole process starts over again UNLESS you log back into the workstation as the default user. Adds an extra step when troubleshooting (loging in again)but hey, at least it works!

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