Why is user logging in as user.workstation ?
Posted on 2002-04-22
We have 21 Win2k WORKSTATIONS in a WORKGROUP (NOT a Domain). All were created using the same base image. All normally log in to a Novell Network as well as the workstation. All users are
administrative users of their own workstations.
When a user does a Mouse RIGHT CLICK on [Start] and selects EXPLORE, they get a windows explorer
window open to "C:\Documents and Settings\xxx" where "xxx" is the user ID they logged in with.
But when ONE of my users logs in and then does this explore operation, the directory they find themselves in is "xxx.WSN" where "xxx" is their user ID, "WSN" is the full computer name that is normally displayed when the Right-Click on "My Computer", select "properties" and click the Network ID tab. There is an explicit period between the two character strings. The user ID is in lower case and the full computer name is in upper case in the directory name.
There IS a directory named for just the user ID in the same "C:\Documents and Settings" directory as well.
This all came about when the user reported a problem, an error message displaying in Eudora Pro 5.0
citing yet another odd directory inside "C:\Documents and Settings". In an effort to clean things up, I had
the user delete all the unexpected directories inside "C:\Documents and Settings" and reboot. After the
reboot we found the "C:\Documents and Settings\xxx.WSN" directory still existed (apparently re-created)
and the user's QuickLaunch toolbar had been wiped empty.
Now the user's discovered that their IE favorites are gone too. Apparently for several months they've been using this unexpected directory as their home directory, and they heavily populated this space with customizations, now all discarded.
Looking in the Users and Passwords app within Control Panel, I find ONLY three users defined. The user in question, Administrator, and Guest (and Guest is disabled).
Backups and elbow grease will get the user back to where she wants to be, but WHY is this user getting
placed into this directory? Where did this directory come from in the first place?
A random sampling of the other 20 workstations seems to be showing about a 50/50 mix of xxx vs xxx.WSN
for the individual logins.