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CMDKEY: Windows XP: Credentials Can not be saved from this logon session

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Hello everyone!

I have a need to edit the local credential manager on several thousand Windows XP systems via script to add in a set of credentials.  Since Windows XP does not include cmdkey.exe by default, I have copied it to a local folder from Server 2003.

When I run "cmdkey /generic:TERMSRV/server.domain.com /user:DOMAIN\username /pass:password"  I receive the following error:
"CMDKEY: Credentials cannot be saved from this logon session"

I have tested with the users logon credentials (local admin) as well as by using runas /user:domain\domainadmin however both return the same error message.  I have a test machine that is just a base install of Windows XP and the commands run fine.

Any ideas on what could be blocking this?

Thanks!!
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There are GPOs that disallow credential saving, those seem to be active. See http://www.itworld.com/article/2779749/windows/how-to-disable-credential-caching-on-client-computers.html
Easily found out if you run rsop.msc at the client.
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McKnife,  Thank you very much for that info!  I found that the policy did exist so I setup a test OU and am working on copying the policies to it but without that setting.  I will reply back hopefully soon with the test results.
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Thank you for your help.  I had reviewed the policies but there are so many settings being applied that I overlooked it.  After removing the setting, the command worked perfectly.  I also tested it via logon script and it worked there as well.  Thanks again!
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You're welcome
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