How to make 2003 Server to auto-login

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi Experts,

I have 3 Windows Server 2003 servers, and they all used to just auto-login when restarted. I changed the main admin password, and it's no longer able to log-in automatically when restarted.

For 2 of the servers, I simply did "control userpasswords2", and got that issue resolved, but the 3rd Windows 2003 Server does not have the check-box "Users must enter username and password to log-in to this computer". So I can't use my usual method to get it to login automatically after it's restarted.

How can I make that 3rd 2003 Server to login automatically after the restart?

Thanks in advance!
Question by:Kaptain1
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    by:Svet Paperov
    Is it a domain member server or a stand alone?
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    It's a DC, not connected to any other servers, and is the only server in the office with 8 workstations connected to it in the Domain.

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    Probably need to update the password in the registry....

    How to turn on automatic logon in Windows
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    by:Svet Paperov
    Yes, in case of domain computer/server, @johnb6767's solution is the correct one.

    However, I won't make an auto-logon on a domain controller. It's far from safe.
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    Correct. Even MS warns against it....

    Excerpt from the above link.....

    IMPORTANT: The autologon feature is convenient; however, this feature may be a security risk. If you set a computer for autologon, anyone who can physically obtain access to the computer can gain access to all of the computer's contents, including any network or networks it is connected to. Additionally, when autologon is turned on, the password is stored in the registry in plain text. The specific registry key that stores this value can be remotely read by the Authenticated Users group. This setting is only recommended for cases it which the computer is physically secured and steps have been taken to make sure that untrusted users cannot remotely access the registry.

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