FYI: Win2k Login Script Not Running 
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 FYI: Win2k Login Script Not Running

Hi all!

I've run into people on many occasions that have a hard time with the fact
that Win2k has some weirdness in that if you log in to a notebook with your
cached information, then use DUN to connect to your domain your login
scripts won't run.

This is documented by Microsoft as being the case--although it works in XP.
I've seen many work arounds for this including the correct way--what I call
correct--that you check the 'login with dialup networking' check box at the
CTL-ALT-DEL screen.  I've never seen a work around for this that would let
the user recieve the popup warning them that their password is going to
expire.  Which was a problem in our environment.  I know alot of people
recommend the CMAK but eww that is like a lot of work.

To the point:
I've written a script with VBS and WMI that monitors the local network
adapters instances for a WAN instance to be created (i.e. dialup).  If and
when this occurs it will calculate password expiration and can trigger a
remote--centrally managed--login script via a WSH shell.  You would need to
deploy this script to each of your remote users and put it in their 'start
up' folder.  It isn't perfect--as ADSI is SLOW--but maybe it will help
Any comments questions welcome.

Here is the script:
'WMI Login Watcher: By SGN Craig - Free to use.  Please do not remove this

Dim Event1            ' Holds the Object that the event raises
Dim EventInstance     ' Holds an Instance of the event object
Set Event1 = GetObject("winmgmts:").ExecNotificationQuery _
("SELECT * FROM __InstanceCreationEvent WITHIN 10 WHERE TargetInstance ISA
  Set EventInstance = Event1.NextEvent
  If Instr(EventInstance.TargetInstance.Name, "WAN") > 0 Then Exit Do
Set EventInstance = Nothing
Set Event1 = Nothing
Dim WshNetwork  ' Holds network methods
Dim UserName  ' Holds User Name
Dim USR   ' Holds User Object from AD
Dim DaysLeft  ' Holds number of days until password expires
Dim WshShell            ' Holds shell script methods
Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
UserName = WshNetwork.UserName
Set WshNetwork = Nothing
Set USR = GetObject("WinNT://ENTERYOURDOMAIN/" & UserName & ",User")
DaysLeft = DateDiff("d", Now(), USR.PasswordExpirationDate)
Set USR = Nothing
If DaysLeft < 300 Then          'Obviously the 300 is for testing only
   Wscript.Echo "You password will expire in " & DaysLeft & " days."
End If
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run \\ENTERYOURPATH\login.vbs      ' Gotta use IP not machine name
here. Resolution won't be working yet.
Set WshShell = Nothing

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 23:10:01 GMT  
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