Windows 7 Laptop logging in when offline and wifi switched on

Posted on 2012-08-14
Last Modified: 2012-08-20
Good Morning folks,

Currently we are having an issue where we have :

Windows 7 laptop
Win2k8 Domain
Folder redirection in a GPO

User will log off and with Wifi enabled and then log back on but not connected to the Domain. The user will have a Wifi connection " Automatically connect" So when the user tries to login it comes up with a blank screen.

I can put lots of details in about what we've tested but hoping someone has seen this issue.
Question by:mikeyboy1903
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    Windows  provides a fast logon optimization feature.

    By default, computers with these operating systems do not wait for the network to start when they boot up.

    This policy is controlled by the setting in

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon.

    You'll need to connect to the domain while using a physycal network cable at least once. Once that's done, the domain credentials get cached, and you no longer need to be connect to the domain to log in. So when you're back on wifi, it will let you log in, even though wifi isn't connected. Once the user is logged in, wifi will connect, and everything will run as it should.

    Run GPEDIT.MSC, for a non-domain joined computer - go to Group Policy management on the server - and configure the PC to wait for network before logging on.

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