Microsoft Windows server 2003 and the R2 version of it, is a great product to work with. For some purposes I find it even better then the Windows 2008 version, but that's another story. Stable as it is, the R2 version a bit more, I can recomment the use of it to anyone. It's cheaper that W2K8 and that also counts today. Why buy a new license when you allready have one. In this article I like to share with you, a little bug that I often see. So, initially set up was for my own references, now I share it with you. Enjoy it !! Due to the fact that a big percentage of visitors of this page are international based, this article is in the english language.


Now, it often happens when you set up a RDP session to a server, that you type in your logon name and password and that the domain your logging on, has to be changed manually, as the local computername is the default. You can avoid this to use the domain name first, prior to your logon name like this example: DOMAIN\Administrator. Logon to the domain will go well after typing your password. But all that extra typing, is often forgotten, when your in a hurry ...etc. etc.. Therefore it is easier to change some registry settings, so that any mistake can be prevented. 


How do you do that:
Open Regedit through the "Run" command or use the Windows-flag in combination with the letter "R".
After that, crawl to this location: 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Now add 2 String Value's with the names: DefaultDomainName and AltDefaultDomainName. Enter your domain name as the value in these strings. Next time you logon, the Domainname will be the default. However, ...  This setting is adjusted everytime you logon and it remembers the last value.


Is the problem recurring although you did not login locally? Ask around first if someone els did, or perhaps an overnight script is messing things up. Good luck, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Hope to have helped you with this information.


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Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for Qurius Managed Services in the Netherlands specialized in System Center Solutions.

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