Unable to log on to an NT domain?


Unable to log on to an NT domain?
Adesh Rampat

When establishing logon authentication from a Windows 2000 workstation to a Windows NT 4.0 domain, users may experience periodic logon difficulties, such as not getting past the logon dialog box. If that happens, the only way the user can log on to the Windows NT 4.0 domain would be to restart the workstation and then logon.

This problem may be due to the fact that the user account on the NT 4.0 logon server is set up to load the user profiles from the server itself. Loading user profiles from the logon server has advantages, especially if user accounts are set up as roaming profiles, because users logging onto multiple workstations can use their current profiles. But the main disadvantage is that roaming profiles use up network bandwidth. If users of an organization do not require the use of roaming profiles -- of course excluding network administrators -- then local profiles should be used. To find out which profile options are in use, perform the following procedure on the NT Logon server:

  1. Double-Click on the user account then click on the profile button.

  2. The User Environment Profile dialog box appears.

  3. In the home directory the Connect option will be enabled pointing to a drive letter on the logon server and a UNC path to the user profile folder.

If users are

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not using roaming profiles then the profile path can be removed by performing the following:

  • After performing step 2 above, select the local path instead.

  • Click OK.

Once the above steps are completed, the user should be able to logon without any problems.

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association of Internet Professionals, the Institute for Network Professionals and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

This was first published in February 2002

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