Windows XP / Networking

Logon Scripts

A logon script is a batch file that runs automatically whenever a user logs on. Logon scripts can perform several important logon tasks for you, such as mapping network drives, starting applications, synchronizing the client computer's time-of-day clock, and so on. Logon scripts reside on the server. Each user account can specify whether to use a logon script and which script to use. Here is a sample logon script that maps a few network drives and synchronizes the time:

net use m: \\MYSERVER\Acct
net use n: \\MYSERVER\Admin
net use o: \\MYSERVER\Dev
net time \\MYSERVER /set /yes

Logon scripts are a little out of vogue because most of what a logon script does can be done via user profiles. Still, many administrators prefer the simplicity of logon scripts, so they are still used even on Windows Server 2003 systems.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing User Accounts
  2. User Accounts
  3. Built-In Accounts
  4. User Rights
  5. Permissions
  6. User Profiles
  7. Group Therapy
  8. Logon Scripts