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How do wifi clients access Windows 2003 domain

Last Modified: 2010-04-21
We have a new office across from our main building, but it's not wired for ethernet. We have a cable connecting the two buildings which connects to an access point. When booting up, the wifi clients are trying to connect to the AP and this causes the logon script not to run, what can I do to rectify that?
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put your Wifi clients on DHCP thats leased from your AD server. that was the dns and ip will be set and those clients will be able to access your server from the wifi.

More than likely you are connecting to the wireless after they have logged on to the Workstation.  To rectify this you would have to have a persistent wireless connection (one that is always on or connects before you actually login).  this way they can connect to the dns server while logging in. If there is no connection to the network at loggin they are using the cached credentials which gett them in to the PC and never go out to the DNS/AD.

what type of cards are they using.  there is an intel pro wireless client that will do this for you, you will need to install the administrator tools(something like that) which are not installed by default, do the advanced/custom install.

I can give further instruction on that particular software if needed.


I am using linksys WUSB54GC, external wireless card that plugs in the USB port. If I leave the PC on, and they log in and out, the wifi is on and it connects to DNS\AD no problem. Its when the power is turned off that its a problem. I am just trying to figure out a more elegant solution than this.  As it stands I tell people to power up, logon, which gets the wifi connected, then logoff and log back on again which then connects them to dns\ad. Its goofy, but it seesm to work. Mostly I tell people not to shut down, just logoff. Like I said though I would like to rectify it instead of using a workaround
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bought new cards like you mentioned.

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