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How do I configure Windows 98 to automatically logon to the Terminal Server?

Expert Christa Anderson guides a reader through configuring a Windows 2003 SP1 Terminal Server and Windows 98 clients.

I have a Windows 2003 SP1 Terminal Server and Windows 98 clients. Every user has to logon the domain. How do I configure Windows 98 to automatically logon to the Terminal Server so the users only have to type in their usernames and passwords once to logon to the domain and the Terminal Server? I was thinking to put the remote desktop connection on the startup, but I'm sure there is a better way.

Windows 2003 doesn't support pass-through authentication (taking domain login credentials supplied when the user logs onto the domain from their fat client). That, unfortunately, is the most secure way of accomplishing single-sign on access to the Terminal Server. Your other option with Win2K3 Terminal Services is to store the remote desktop connections with the user's security credentials stored in it, updating those credentials as...

required. (Adopting MetaFrame XP is another option, but that's overkill if this is the only functionality you're missing.)

This was first published in January 2006

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