Synchronous Windows Logon Scripts with Novell Client
Posted on 2004-08-02
I have several customers that have a Novell Netware based network with a Windows 2000 domain. The primary network client on the workstations (Windows 2000) is the Novell client. The user logs into the novell client first. Since the username and password match the Windows domain and the computer is part of the Windows domain, the user is logged into Active Directory as well.
On the Novell side there is a logon script, as well as on the Windows side (BAT file, executed from "Logon Script Path" in Active Directory). The Novell script executes, then the Windows script executes while the desktop is loading.
The problem that I am having is that I want the Windows script to execute BEFORE the desktop loads. In a pure Windows 2000 environment, I can configure this by changing the group policy and enabling "run logon scripts synchronsously". Then the logon script runs BEFORE the desktop loads. However, with the novell client installed, the workstation seems to be ignoring this policy setting.
How can I get the Windows logon script to execute synchronously on a Windows 2000/XP machine with a Novell client?