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    upatel@nj.devry.edu NNTP User

    Local Login after Network Login Failure

    A coworker has a Win2K machine with Novell Client 4.90.2 set up in the
    following manner. A user would first need to log in and authenticate to
    our servers at which time a local profile is created. After this the user
    is able to disconnect their network cable and log in locally while using
    the profile previously created, without having a local user account.
    Workstation Only and Advanced buttons are disabled so this all happens
    behind the scene for the user.

    I am trying to replicate this behavior on a WindowsXP SP2 image that I am
    creating with Novell Client 4.91. I copied every setting from the client
    on the 2000 machine to the client on the WinXP machine but it does not
    work properly. I can log in while wired fine. However, when I
    disconnect the cable and attempt to log in I recieve an error stating "No
    Domain Controller Found". I understand that it can't find the DC because
    I'm not wired, but the 2K machine proceeds to log in locally without
    giving this error and I do not understand why or how to get this to work
    on the XP machine.

    In summary I would like my WindowsXP SP2 machine with Client 4.91 to
    attempt a network login. Upon failure I would like the user to be logged
    in locally while utilizing the same profile they use when logged in to
    the network. I would also like this done without having to creating a
    local user account for every user. Is there any way I can get this to
    work? Thanks in advance for any help provided!

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    Rudolf Thilo NNTP User

    Re: Local Login after Network Login Failure

    upatel@nj.devry.edu wrote:

    > A coworker has a Win2K machine with Novell Client 4.90.2 set up in
    > the following manner. A user would first need to log in and
    > authenticate to our servers at which time a local profile is created.
    > After this the user is able to disconnect their network cable and log
    > in locally while using the profile previously created, without having
    > a local user account.


    If you don't see local users, this is caching of the last (10?) login
    credetials. These are accepted instead of your DC reply across the wire.

    > Workstation Only and Advanced buttons are
    > disabled so this all happens behind the scene for the user.
    >
    > I am trying to replicate this behavior on a WindowsXP SP2 image that
    > I am creating with Novell Client 4.91. I copied every setting from
    > the client on the 2000 machine to the client on the WinXP machine but
    > it does not work properly. I can log in while wired fine. However,
    > when I disconnect the cable and attempt to log in I recieve an error
    > stating "No Domain Controller Found". I understand that it can't
    > find the DC because I'm not wired, but the 2K machine proceeds to log
    > in locally without giving this error and I do not understand why or
    > how to get this to work on the XP machine.


    This is an MS problem.

    You could use ZfD/ZDM, that will create local user accountst that would
    be available after LAN login timout (about: " ... failed to login to
    the network, do you want to login locally?")


    > In summary I would like my WindowsXP SP2 machine with Client 4.91 to
    > attempt a network login. Upon failure I would like the user to be
    > logged in locally while utilizing the same profile they use when
    > logged in to the network. I would also like this done without having
    > to creating a local user account for every user. Is there any way I
    > can get this to work? Thanks in advance for any help provided!


    To have this done for ALL users you would need to replicate all the
    user's info to each and every workstation in some manner. AFAIK not
    only ZfD, but also the MS logon cache covers just the about 10 last
    successful logins.

    If you are talking about laptops leaving your office (sales, tech or
    other departments) this would mean, that everyone carries a copy of
    your AD user credetials with him. Not too nice idea, that someone might
    loose his/her laptop somewhere...


    Regards, Rudi.

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