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AD Login through VPN

I was just wondering if any one knows if this is possible...

The computer I use is constantly away from my server, so I was wondering if I can get it to VPN at startup, and then log on to my active directory account through the VPN.

I know I can VPN to the server once I log in under my local account, but Can I set it so that first log in is into the AD, by means of a VPN?

If I'm too confusing here, let me know...

THank you for your help in advance!!

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scampgbCommented:
Hi bick2000,
This is certainly possible, but how you do it depends on your client.

I've not got a machine to hand that I can test this on, but if I recall correctly....

At your login prompt (ctrl-alt-delete) stage you should notice a checkbox that says "log in using dial-up connection".
Choose that, and select your VPN dial-up account.

You need to make sure that your VPN dial-in account is set up so that it's accessible by anyone who uses the computer - so I'd be wary of using a stored password.

Let me know how you get on with it.
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bick2000Author Commented:
Ok... i think i've seen that before on a W2k Pro computer, but I have WinXP and I cant seem to find it anywhere.... (i cant join my pc to a domain because im not connected except by vpn (after i log in locally))....


Any ideas?

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scampgbCommented:
bick2000:
Which version of Win XP do you have?
Can you see the normal username & password login prompt?

Try this:
Log in to the PC as normal (don't VPN)
Go into Network Connections

Create a new connection and supply the requested details.  When it asks whether it should be for just you or everyone, choose Everyone.

Log out and you should see the tickbox.

If not, check out the registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windowsnt\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
There should be a value (data type REG_SZ) called "RASDisable" - this should contain "1"
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scampgbCommented:
As with all Windows things, you'll probably have to reboot :)
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shard26Commented:
is it a cisco VPN? If yes you can set this: "enable start before login", Then you will see the VPN client login prior to the windows login. You login into the VPN first then you can login into your domain.


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scampgbCommented:
Glad I could help :-)
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