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Jimmy, i think i just need to verify what you are trying to accomplish with the Default Username Displayed at Windows Login, that is joined in a Domain.
Best practice would be to make sure the User logging in MUST press Ctr-Alt-Del to get the UN/PW dialog box to appear (more secure).
However......whomever was the LAST user to Log Out, will be displayed first.
If I am understanding your question correctly, there is no setting (that i am aware of) that allows for a Username, of your choice, to be displayed, instead of the Last Logout username.
Or am i missign the mark here?
Hmmm....well, the only thing i can think of....would be that you create an Automated User Login/Logout Batch Script, that runs each time a User logs out.
So....anytime a (normal) user logs out, this triggers the automated script to run, and Logs In (the actual name is arbitrary) the default User you wish to have displayed on a Windows Login Screen.
The exact details of the Automated Script, such as the commands and arguments to use, would be a moderately difficult task to create..not to mention the testing and DeBug stage.
Ive been thinking......WHY would you need to do this anyways? There might be a different Train of thought we could ride...and possibly accomplish the OVERALL goal?
Just thinking outloud here.
Its possible what you seek lives in the registry.
Somethign like.....Last Logoff Username is ***** ***** login field............Value: 1 (meaning true)
But.....im really not sure...theres WAY WAY TOO MANY things in the registry to remember them all
Or a SUPER Analog version would be.
A post it note with their USERNAME written out, so they do NOT FORGET the format, and syntax for a Domain Username Login.
But im sure you thought of that?
I certainly know where your coming from on this though.....the simpler you make it for the End-User....the simpler the IT staff has it.
Automation is KING!
When it works.
Im not saying it is impossible to do.....However, as far as I can tell there is no Easy (or even moderately difficult) way of haviing a STATIC (never changing) Username to auto-populate at the Windows Login.
I do know (or atleast I vaguely remember back on WinXP) that you can have the Windows Login default to a BLANK (empty login fields) username and password.
Grasping at straws here........as the IT staff.....write a SOP, that states ALL remote session's MUST end as a LOGOUT of the dominant user for each machine. YOu know where im going with this.....and its surely been though of before....but honestly......aside from a custom built Batch Script, or registry hack, this task accomplishes VERY VERY little in the way of being worth it.
Unfortunately its just one of those things that takes a large amount of effort, for very llittle return.
Hope ive been helpful.
I did.....thank you!
You are correct, that is a work around, but requires a manual task each time a logoff occurs, AND you have to touch the registry. In college they alwsy beat into our head.....to stay out of the registry WHENEVER possible.
What about just logging in to the End User's account, and then quickly Log out.
No need to make changes to ANYthing
Still a manual task for each Session, but in my opinion, a safer way.
Heck, theres probably a few more solutions that use a manual task at each session logout....but, to get Full Automation......get prepared to spend quite a few days just formulating the Batch/Script....then another chunk of time for debugging.
Best of Luck..... in all directions!
Ahhhh....yeah.....thats going to be a tough one.
You are quite Welcome, and THANK YOU!
Best of Luck!