January 2008
Vol. 24, No. 1

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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 account.

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 to 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 your computer.

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 at ETCS.

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.



Last Revised: 08/04/08



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