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I'm trying to do something similar to this linked question: Configuring Windows Server 2003 to start the administrator account even with no session?

I'm starting an amazon instance of a windows 2003 vm, and I need the AutoAdminLogon to work.

I've set DefaultUsername, DefaultPassword, AutoAdminLogon and even tried ForceAutoLogon.

I basically followed this to the T:

No dice with the auto login actually working. Does anyone know what would prevent it from working?


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May I ask why you need the server to auto login? – pablo Mar 1 '11 at 23:29
Hi Pablo, I'm establishing a VNC connection to the server, but I require that once the VNC connection is established for there to be a desktop, not a login screen. – mustafa Mar 2 '11 at 3:52

This is never a good idea. If you need some application to start when the server does (which is what I feel like you are trying to do here), try turning your EXE into a service:

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I appreciate your concern on whether or not it's a good idea. I need the functionality provided by Microsoft that I mentioned above to work. – mustafa Mar 1 '11 at 23:41

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