How to cause a remote computer to login?
Posted on 2010-08-25
I'm looking for a way to script the remote login of multiple computers. Note, I don't want remote desktop or terminal services--I want the computer itself to become logged in remotely.
What I'm trying to do is allow a teacher of younger grades (K-2) to automatically log in 25 computers into the same user account, without having to key in a login on each machine and without revealing the password to the account to the students. The computers are used by other users with other accounts that should not have access to the K-2 accounts, so having them constantly auto-login is not an option.
I need to be able to do this without a reboot. I've looked at a solution that uses PSExec or Reg to change the registry to autologin, and then reboots the computers, then changes them back and reboots when finished. This would be great, but because we use state control with Faronics DeepFreeze, a reboot is not an option for my environment.
A command line tool that takes a username and password parameter and causes a remote computer to login using that username and password would be ideal.
I can live with having the credentials pass through the network in plain text.
Workstations are XP, authenticating against Windows Server 2003 Standard (soon to be upgraded to 2008) Any suggestions much appreciated.