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    #1 Drashna (WGS)

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    Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

    Tinker, this is for you. :)

    http://www.mydigital...-domain-member/

    I hadn't had a chance to get around to looking it up or testing it, but I do remember using this in XP before ever discovering the easy way. But this does work in a domain environment, and on Windows 7. I just installed SBS2011E in place for WHSv1 w/ Active Directory, and verified that it does work. Just remember, whatever account you use will have it's password exposed in PLAIN TEXT. But if you use a blank password on a local account, you're fine. Just make sure the domain is set to the computer's name, in this case.

    I hope that helps "ease the transition".
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    Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:29 PM

    You can also use Autologon for Windows http://technet.micro...s/bb963905.aspx
    I use this tool for my domain joined Windows 7 HTPC. The password isn't exposed in plain text with this tool.
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    Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

    I suspect it does the same thing. I'd recommend checking the registry keys to make sure.

    But since I only use this for my HTPC, which has a blank password...
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    Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:26 PM

    The description says it encrypts the credentials in the registry. If Russinovich says it's so, I believe it. The guy is a brainiac extraordinaire.
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    Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:27 PM

    You're running a Domain, why not just create a GPO to handle this?

    http://www.grouppoli...ble-auto-logon/
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    Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:09 PM

    Because you'd have to set up specific OUs, or set up filters for the GPO to limit which computers it does it for, or *everything* computer will suddenly start logging into that account automatically. I figured that I should assume ignorance of GPO, honestly.

    But if you are familiar with GPOs, and OUs, that would be an excellent idea, especially if you have multiple HTPCs.

    Also, since I've been using WHSv1 with Active Directory, I didn't actually have that feature available to me.
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    Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:12 PM

    V1 cannot be a DC and yes you would need to create a separate OU and link the GPO to it, but honestly, you done this much, GPO's aren't that difficult.
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    Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:20 PM

    My v1 machine would beg to differ. Ran AD on it for *years*. Yes, it's not supported, and *yes* it's against the EULA, but it is still possible. Just like removing WSE2012 from the domain is possible too. :)

    But GPOs may not be that difficult, but if you're not experienced with them, they can be incredibly confusing.
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    Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:05 PM

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    Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:15 PM

    The 'trick' being that you have to get into them the first time, which can be quite a learning curve for some.
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    Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

    Only one way to learn.....trial and error.
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    Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:27 PM

    Try LogonExpert it can autologon to domain and encrypt the password
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    Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:22 PM

    Try LogonExpert it can autologon to domain and encrypt the password


    They really want to sell multiple copies: the 5-user license is half the price of 5 single licenses. Still, it's an interesting product.
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    Posted 11 September 2012 - 11:16 PM

    I never tried this on a domain, but why not just open a cmd window and type "control userpasswords2" and uncheck the box (there is only one), click "OK", then select the user/password info and you're done.
    This uses the M$ tool embedded in the OS since XP.
    We use this on our POS terminals at work.

    Edited by Mr_Smartepants, 11 September 2012 - 11:16 PM.

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    Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:13 AM

    hIf the client is a domain member, the Domain policy will override any local policy. Now as we have stated before, all you have to do is move those machines to a new OU, create a GPO that removes the password policy and then that could work,
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    Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:48 PM

    Here I made it easy for everyone in a step by step.
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    Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:56 PM

    Love the OU name!
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    Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:36 PM

    Tinker, this is for you. :)


    Thank you :D
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    Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:29 PM

    Here I made it easy for everyone in a step by step.


    Thank you so much for this. Google brought me here and your effort was worth registering to say thanks ^_^

    I was also able to accomplish this task using Autologon for Windows at: http://technet.micro...s/bb963905.aspx
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