Drashna Jaelre

Autologin in a domain

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Tinker, this is for you. :)

 

http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-enable-auto-logon-to-windows-xp-and-vista-joined-as-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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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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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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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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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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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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If you haven't worked with them in a while like I had not, they can be, but once you get back into it, it's like riding a bicycle. For anything someone in these forums would need, Google will supply a wealth of answers.

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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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