We have an environment that requires laptops to login as a local user even through the machine is joined to the domain.
With XP, we could push out registry keys: DefaultUserName = 'ALocalUser' DefaultPassword = 'ThePassword' DefaultDomainName = '' AutoAdminLogon = 1 ForceAutoLogon = 1
Leaving the default domain name empty would cause Windows XP to default back to logging in to the local machine instead of the domain.
In Vista leaving it blank causes an error 'The user name or password is incorrect.' along with the username being displayed as '.\ALocalUser'
I have tried deleting the DefaultDomainName key I have tried setting it to a blank string I have tried setting it to '.'
Nothing seems to let it login short of explicitly putting in the name of the local machine. This is a major pain in the rear when I am trying to deploy those registry settings to 8 machines spread across 100 miles.
Does anyone know of a work-around or see something I'm doing wrong?