laptop will not logon on locally

Posted on 2004-11-10
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I have a lap top that will log in on the domain, but when I take it off the domain, it will not log on. It tells me it can not find the domain. It is a 2003 domain, and I believe the previous administrator change a policy that prevents this. But we can not find it
Question by:gran88
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    by:Pete Long
    can you chage the login prompt from domain name to

    comptername (this computer)
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    There should be three rows at the login prompt: the user name, your password, and the domain. You'll need to find your computers name, and type it into the domain.
    To find the computer name, right click on my computer and select properties. the second tab is called "computer name". Open it up and you'll find the name of your computer.
    Keep in mind however, you might need an actual logon to your computer, which might be different than your domain login. If you're just trying to retrieve data, and cannot get on to the network to log in, another quick solution is to try booting up in safe mode, by pressing F8 before the windows screen. I'm not completely sure if this will work for what you need however.
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    Forgive me if I did not make myself clear.I can get into the computer if I plug it into the network. But, say I wanted to take the computer home, and I still wanted to use the user settings I established at work. I should be able to logon to the computer by just typing in the password, leaving the user name and domain the same. On all my ohter laptops I can, but not this one. I think It is a something left over from a policy. I am not sure. Maybe that is a clearer explanation
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    Are all of the laptops running the same OS?
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    by:Pete Long
    username caching has been disabled by policy - you need to speak to your IT department
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    There is a policy on my work computer that has:

    Interactive Logon: Number of previous logons to cache (in case domain controller is not available)

    Mine is set to 10 logons.  Perhaps that is set to 0?
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    It's listed under Computer Configuration, Windows settings, Security settings, Local policies, security options

    in gpedit.msc
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    Along with jbedwar1's GPO, there is another one for caching of roaming profiles.

    Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>User Profiles:Delete cached copies of roaming profiles.

    If this is set, no domain user will have access to a profile if it's roaming - thus, you can't log in.

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    You can open a command prompt from another computer on the same network, issue the command

    Net use x: \\ProblemComputer\C$ <Password> /u:Administrator

    and then change to the directory %SystemRoot%\Security\Database.

    Rename Secedit.sdb to Secedit.old_sdb and copy a working version of a Secedit.sdb file from another computer running the same operating system (for example, Windows 2000 Professional).

    Hope this helps,

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    We're handling a case of a big customer who recently upgraded all their laptops to XP SP2 and is experiencing the same problem.

    Any chance you recently upgraded the laptops with SP2?


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