[vbox-dev] Automated guest logons - How ?

Huihong Luo huisinro at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 28 17:03:35 PDT 2010

what you have done seems all correct.
One thing to make sure is your domain name, "DOMTEST", can you double check? usually, windowx xp uses "WORKGROUP" as domain name.

--- On Wed, 7/28/10, Alexey Eremenko <al4321 at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Alexey Eremenko <al4321 at gmail.com>
Subject: [vbox-dev] Automated guest logons - How ?
To: "VirtualBox developer's list" <vbox-dev at virtualbox.org>
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 10:30 AM

I would like to try out "Automated guest logons".

I have read "Automated guest logons".
How-to use it?

Host: RHEL 5/x64, VBox 3.2.6.

But I still cannot login to the "Windows XP" guest OS.

1. I have installed GA with flag: /with_autologon
This installed fine, and disabled XP-style login.

2. VBoxManage controlvm "Windows XP" setcredentials "John Doe"
"secretpassword" "DOMTEST"
Why is the secretpassword has quotes?

NOTE: This example was taken from official docs: "9.3.1. Automated Windows
guest logons"

Anyway: I have created user "localuser" with "123456" password and
with admin privileges,
then I logout from my Admin account.
Now I had the login prompt. Is this OK?

When I used the command:
VBoxManage controlvm "Windows XP" setcredentials "localuser"
"secretpassword" "123456"
The login prompt changed from "Administrator" user to "localuser", but
password was still empty. I was unable to auto-logon.

I have tried to remove double quotes from "secretpassword" command. No effect.
Any ideas?

3. The Winlogon VBoxGINA(?) crashed a couple of times on user logout,
and I had a several cases where my VM was brutally shut-down on
"logoff" command.
Usually logoff should prompt me which user to login.

Later, I also wanna try Linux guest auto-login using PAM.

-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"

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