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We are in the process of moving our Windows lab machines to Microsoft's AD environment and have run into some bumps. Our current environment is eDir, which consists of a Novell client running on Windows 7, where a user logs in with their network credentials for network resources ( network drives, printer access - iPrint). We are using Autoadminlogon to redirect all logins to a local account with the user profile configured for the various applications installed on the lab image. However, now that these machines are joining Microsoft AD, we are running into a problem where users are not being prompted for their network credentials if Autoadminlogon is enabled.


We would like our windows 7 computers that are joined to a domain have domain users login with their credentials but instead of creating a new local account that matches that domain account we want it to login to a pre-configured local account. We have Deep Freeze installed on these computers meaning newly created profiles get wiped out at reboot resulting in long logins every time.


How is your institution handling computer labs joined to a domain and user profiles?



Jenni Piper

Associate Director of Technology Services

Eastern Mennonite University


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We WERE Novell, but moved to AD about 8 years ago.   Each user logs in using their network credentials and it creates a profile for them on the machine.  We are discussing redirecting their Documents folder, but don’t do that currently.  We don’t really do anything special…




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You can speed up logins by reducing the size of the Users profile called Default. That is if your environment is configured to use the local Default profile for users new to a computer. See what the big files/folders are and reduce the size however you can. Microsoft has a document on how to emulate most of the features of SteadyState with Windows 7. I found this document helpful. We hope to avoid third party apps for keeping the machines reliable in our labs. So far it is working pretty well in our first Windows 7 lab.



Gary Knigge, Senior Systems Analyst

Division of Technology Services

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Wisconsin, USA



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