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IE4 & VB5  Using a password on dialup

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When using a Network dialup connection through IE4 how do I provide a way to auto-populate the user password and bypass the Connect dialog box.  This would insulate my users from the need to know and enter a password when dialing up our backend database.  IE4 properties dialog tabs allow you to enter a password but will not retain one after you exit.  I am using VB5 Enterprise & Windows 95.
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I have NT, so I'm doing this from memory, but it goes something like. Also, I'm assuming these machines are standalone. If they were part of a network, I don't think you would have this problem.

First, make sure you have Client Services for Microsoft Networks. This can be found in the control panel. Double click on the network applet. You're looking for a tab that contains you Dialup network adapter and TCP/IP protocal. If you don't see the Client Services for Microsoft Networks, click the add button, click services, then clicking Client Services for ....

After you reboot, you'll get a Windows Logon window. Enter a name, but leave the password blank. You'll get another window asking you to verify the password. Once again, leave the passwords blank. (I'm saying leave the passwords blank so the user will not have to enter a password when windows boots.)

At this point you should be in Windows. Assuming your IE4 has been set up to dial a particular connection, you should just have to double click on IE4. At this point, you'll be presented with the dialup connection dialog. The big difference is that you should be able to type in the password and select the automatic dial option. Go ahead and dial in.

After you've done that, you should be able to close IE4. It should ask if you want to disconnect. Go ahead and say yes.

Restart your computer.

This time you should not get the login dialog. You should also be able to double click on IE4 and it automatically dial in without asking for a password.

Just a note:

If anything uses TCP/IP (like your VB program trying to connect to SQL Server, or a DCOM server), your computer will automatically dial.

If you need any additional help, you can reach me during the day at lmorris@packagenet.com
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imorris,
  Thank you for the reply.  I have tried something similar with IE4 but just a little different.  It didn't work.  I will give your solution a go.  Also, could you shed some light on how windows handles passwords within itself and IE4, or where can I get some indepth knowledge?
Jack Ward
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