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Make a Server 2008 R2 server automatically logon as administrator whenever it boots up

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I need to make a Server 2008 R2 server automatically logon as administrator whenever it boots up.

This will not be a security risk since I will only be doing this on some Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtual servers in my home lab environment.

What registry keys do I need to modify to be able to do this?

Or is there a free utility that I can download that will enable me to do this?
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Create a Notepad Document, copy the following and rename it to a .reg

change the Default Domain Name to your Domain, and change the password.  Then merge into registry on t he servers.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"DefaultDomainName"="****"
"AutoAdminLogon"="1"
"DefaultUserName"="Administrator"
"DefaultPassword"="******"
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Hi,

I would have to ask this is a domain member? to you want to make autologon with local administrator or a domain administrator?

If this is to be done with local administrator:
Click Start Run and enter control userpasswords2
Clear the checkbox for Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer and click Ok.

This should be enought.
If it is a domain member, then:
You should check mentioned Registry by R--R:
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /t REG_SZ /d "1" /f

and note that you will also have to add the domain or localmachine depends on what you need, so to do this:
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultDomainName /t REG_SZ /d "yourdomain" /f

Hope this answers your questions,
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