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    Spaces in username box

    Hey,
    I've got a problem at the moment where the kids have figured out that if you put spaces in the username box noone can log on
    eg, jonejones........................................l oser
    I was wondering if anyone knew if it is possible to stop people typing spaces into the username box?
    Windows 2003

    Thanks

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    I doubt there is. You will just have to educate them to see if they can hold left mouse and drag in the box then theres stuff that needs deleting.

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    I don't think there is a way to prevent certain characters being typed into the box. But is it really a major problem? All that happens is they try to logon, get denied then try again. Not too bad is it?

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    No its not a major problem, just very annoying when you have walk all over the school every lesson to sort that out because the kids look at you gone out when you try and explain it to them.

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    If you use the Ctrl-Alt-Del to log on screen, it wipes what was in the box so that reprebates cannot leave the computer with loads of spaces in there.

    If a kid cannot log on, they can always try going back to that screen - it's what I do.

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    Just using the CTRL-ALT-DEL doesn't do it:

    In the Group Policy (I set this on the machine directly but I think you can apply it in your GPO), if you set the

    Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options

    ... about the 25th option is "Interactive Logon: do not display last username". Enable this and it'll be clear every time the student logs in.

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    @indiegirl: I assumed everybody did that anyway.. since you would be changing the username surely you would delete the entire contents of the box?

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    oh no our kids are not that clever to think of deleting anything already in the box

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    @indiegirl: I assumed everybody did that anyway.. since you would be changing the username surely you would delete the entire contents of the box?
    Hang on, surely if the PCs are on a domain then the logon box times out to leave the press CTRL+ALT+DEL to begin mesage which would only show a valid username if the next user presses the required key combination.

    What indieGirl suggests is more a help in preventing deliberate failed login lockout. Kids of today despise anything that requires effort such as repeatedly typing in a username

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    @NetworkGeezer: That's what I was getting at but I didn't explain myself correctly.

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    A problem we come across occasionally is the little scroggs changing the domain name from SCHOOL to SCH00L in the drop down box. Looks exactly the same in the font MS uses so no-one susses it till I am called over!!!!

    .....and no, I can`t be bothered changing the domain name to something less spoofeable.

    (Is "spoofeable" a word???? It is now!!)

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    How are they chaning the domain name!?!? If you on Win 98 I can understand, but on an NT based one its given by the domain so they must be domain admins or somthing to change that

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    How are they chaning the domain name!?!? If you on Win 98 I can understand, but on an NT based one its given by the domain so they must be domain admins or somthing to change that
    Or some dumb-ass created two domains with a trust!

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    Quote Originally Posted by john
    How are they chaning the domain name!?!? If you on Win 98 I can understand, but on an NT based one its given by the domain so they must be domain admins or somthing to change that
    Or some dumb-ass created two domains with a trust!
    Yup!!!

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    Re: Spaces in username box

    So what is the Sch00l domain for?

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