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Password Settings with Windows for Workgroups

For Windows for Workgroups passwords and domain passwords, use one of the following approaches:

  • Enable logon to the Windows domain automatically at startup. You can configure Windows for Workgroups to log the user on to the Windows domain automatically at startup.To do this, first make sure that a user account has been created for the user in the Windows domain, and obtain the assigned user name and password.

  1. On the client computer, from the Control Panel, double-click the Network icon and then click Startup .

  2. In the Startup Settings dialog box, under Options for Enterprise Networking, find the check box labeled Log On to Windows or LAN Manager Domain. Select this check box, and type the domain name in the appropriate box.

  3. Choose OK repeatedly until the dialog boxes are closed.

The next time Windows for Workgroups is restarted, the user will be prompted for both the local password and the domain password, and must type them correctly. Thereafter, only the local password is needed at startup, because the domain password is encrypted and stored (to be "unlocked" by the local password).

After domain logon has been set up, it is important for the user to understand the difference between the local Windows for Workgroups password and the actual domain password. The local Windows for Workgroups password unlocks the encrypted password list that has been stored for that user on that computer. This password list includes a copy of the domain password if the preceding configuration steps have been taken. The actual domain password is the password for that user's account on the Windows domain, as recorded on Windows servers that are domain controllers.

The user's domain account may be set up to require periodic changing of the password. If the domain password expiration date is getting close, when the user logs on to the domain, pop-up warnings will appear on the user's computer. Note that the user must try to log on in order for the pop-up warnings to appear. At this point, the user needs to understand the different buttons used for changing passwords with Windows for Workgroups. After choosing the Network option from the Control Panel, click the Password button. This only changes the password to unlock the user's local password list; it does not change the domain password.

To change the domain password, the user must choose the Startup button followed by the Set Password button. When the user changes the domain password using the Set Password button, the domain password is also changed in the local password file.

Make sure that users understand how to use these buttons correctly to change their local Windows for Workgroups password and to change their Windows domain password.

  • Log on only as needed, by using the net logon command. If the user does not log on to the Windows domain at startup, the following command can be used before starting an SNA session. At the MS-DOS prompt (from within Windows for Workgroups), type

    net logon username /domain:domainname

    After typing the command, the user is prompted for the domain password.

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