Sonicwall VPN to logon onto Windows 2003 DC

Using Sonicwall VPN client to log onto a 2003 domain for the first time.  I need the VPN connection up BEFORE I Ctrl-Alt-Del and supply my username/password/domain ID.  I can join the laptop to the domain when logged on locally to the PC with the VPN running just fine.  Join domain, supply admin and pass and reboot.  Next Ctrl-Alt-Del screen, I put in jsmith with password and domain.com, but it will not see the DC because the VPN is not fired up.  Any ideas?
In short, I need the VPN running on their current network connection (LAN or Wi-Fi or whatever) FIRST before I try and log on to the domain for the first time.
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HunTelWebProgrammerAsked:
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masterbakerCommented:
This does not appear to be possible, even with the latest VPN client from Sonicwall.  What Sonicwall does support is the ability to run your domain logon script AFTER you have logged in and connected using the VPN client.  

I do know that other products do have the capability you are looking for, such as Checkpoint's SecuRemote and SecureClient VPN products.  With SecuRemote, you just have to enable the "Secure Domain Login" support and you get what you're looking for.  But you're probably not interested in changing products I imagine. :)

Jeff
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HunTelWebProgrammerAuthor Commented:
You mean that even if I bridge the VPN client in Network Connections with my LAN card, that it will not by default log into the VPN connection when the PC boots up?  I looked at SecuRemote and I cannot believe for that price that users just don't use the built in MS VPN.
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masterbakerCommented:
Well, all I am saying is that according to Sonicwall's documentation, they don't support what you're hoping to do.  I found another document that gave a little better explanation why they can't do what you want, but all it said was they did not integrate into the low-level Windows logon process.  Perhaps Checkpointed patented this capability and these guys can't do it, who knows.  

FYI - SecuRemote is free.  They throw it in with their VPN-1 Pro/Enterprise and Express products.  It is SecureClient that costs quite a lot (it has a managed firewall built in, plus some other advanced VPN features).

Jeff
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HunTelWebProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.  Think I might just install RAS on a server and use that if that is all we can do.  Shoot.
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masterbakerCommented:
You might even try giving Sonicwall tech support a call to see if this feature will be added in a later VPN client release.  I know this would be a very valuable feature!

Good luck,

Jeff
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