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How Do I Change the Default Logon Domain Name in the Logon Screen?

In a multi-domain environment, it’s a common mistake for users to log into a different domain other than their native domain. To avoid this problem, there is an option to configure the default logon domain by using a computer startup script.


Changing the Default Logon Domain

To change the default logon domain name, copy the script below to a text file:

Dim sDomName
Set oWshShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
sDomName = “TEST-DOMAIN”
oWshShell.RegWrite “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DefaultDomainName”, sDomName

In the script above, rename “TEST-DOMAIN” to the NETBIOS domain name that will be used as the default logon domain.

Once you’ve finished making the edits, Save the text file and name it: DefaultDomainScript.vbs

Now, add the script DefaultDomainScript.vbs to the Default Domain Policy (GPO) as a computer startup script.

*Note: When you’re finished, run the “GPUPDATE” command on one of the DC’s in the domain, and then reboot the clients computers.


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