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Question: When a worstation is using Client for M$ Networks, all protocols are installed and set to log onto a domain, will the password dialog only come up with the domain text box if the workstation is connected to that domain? I took a PC from my wifes work and repaired it at home. When I was done I reset the network configuration to log on to her domain at work. When the login dialog comes up there is no text box present to enter a domain name. Does the NIC initialization look across the network for the doamin controller listed or is it verified only at logon. I do have evrything set correctly in the identification tab so that's not the problem. This is more informational than an actual problem.

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Yes, the login box is similar to the NT login box with username, password and domain name lines. This will popup whether you are actually connected to the domain or not. The times I have had problems is when I didnt have the correct workgroup name in Client properties. For some reason I didnt get a domain login until I corrected that.
Like NT the domain login is validated at logon, not by the NIC.
 

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I was referring to how Windows knows weather or not to throw up the domain login box or the windows login box. There is initialization that occurs before windows fully loads and if you are on DHCP it will assign an IP address also. I was wondering if it also does the same thing for checking your network and subnet before windows loads to verify that you are even on the correct network. I set up this PC at home on my home domain with the wifes work network settings and never got a domain login box just a windows login. Just got my curiosity going
 
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If you have Client for MS Networks as your default, and have Join Domain configured you should always get a Domain Login Box even if you are not physically connected to a network.
As you say, during boot and Windows loading the Nic will look for a loop to find out if a network is present and Windows will bind protocols to the Nic but at that point Windows doesnt care what kind of network it is.
The Client wont go looking for a Domain controller until you try to login.
 
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