Vista Logins—A New OS, A New Way to Login
by Joe Lear
When you log onto Vista you’ll be greeted by the same message you’ve
been greeted with for the last 4 years, Press Ctrl+ALT+Delete. After that, the similarities to the XP
login start to change.
When you Press CTRL+ALT+Delete, you will see the look of the login has
changed. You’ll be shown a User Account Picture (We’re using the MU logo
by default) your Username (after you’ve logged into the computer) and the
field to enter your password. If you need to switch to another user, you’ll
need to click the Switch User Button.
Then you will need to click Other User. You will then be prompted for
a Username and password. By default, the Domain is set to UM-USERS (the
domain the computers are a member of). You can change domains by putting
the Domain in front of your user name (i.e. UMC-USERS\username, TIGERS\username,
UMKC-USERS\username, etc.) or the Computername\username if you need
to login with a local account such as for public access or the local administrator
Once you’ve entered your password and press the Enter key, the Vista
Desktop will appear. Before you can begin to access network resources (mapped
drives, e-mail, etc.), Your User Account will be verified by domain controllers
on Campus and then access to the network will be granted. This is one of
the new security features in Vista.
You can watch the progress of this network activity, by looking at the
network icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
When you see
the network icon go from this
you have network access.
Changes to the network in Vista prevent the VPN client from starting
before log on, which is the way we have used the client in most county offices
prior to Vista. The reason for the change is security and it has changed
the way we start the VPN client. Once the computer has network access, a
dialog box asking you if you want to connect to the Extension VPN will appear
(this dialog box will only appear in offices located off campus). Click Yes and the VPN software will start, you will be asked to enter
your login username and password.
In the past we had set this up to use
a single username and password for everyone and you did not see the login
dialog. Having you type your own username and password in improves security
for you and for the University network by making it easier to trace any
potential problems to the originating computer.
During the login process, you may see a DOS window appear and then disappear.
This is an indicator that the script to map your network drives is running.
Once that screen disappears (and the VPN is connected in the county offices)
, you will have access to your network drives and be ready to start using
If your computer does not connect to the network or is unable to map
drives, dialog boxes will appear via the login scripts and give you guidance
to how to resolve the issue. If you see these dialog boxes and cannot connect
to the network, or get your network drives mapped, then please contact us
While this process is slightly different than the
login process under
XP, it gets the job of logging you on and mapping your drives completed
as efficiently as possible.