Thursday, March 20, 2008

Automatic Login with Current User Name and Password....Doesn't

Recently, I had to change my network password at work. This caused a problem which I was struggling to solve: every time I attempted to access the corporate intranet (with the IE setting "Logon automatically with current username/password"), it would prompt me for my password. It worked correctly before my password change, so I figured my password was being cached somewhere.

I attempted to empty the browser cache, restart the machine, relocate the intranet URL to another security zone; all to no avail.
Just today I found a blog post by Nick Porter entitled: SharePoint prompt for password after changing network password. In his post, he states:

What seemed to happen was it was storing the old information in the
Password list under the Manage Passwords section under "User Accounts". (Start > Settings > Control Panel > User Accounts)

His resolution was:

1. Click "Start" > "Settings" > "Control Panel"
2. Double click "User Accounts"
3. Click on the "Advanced" tab
4. In the "Passwords and .NET Passports" area click "Manage Passwords"
5. Remove everything there.

Albeit, you do not need to remove *everything* from the managed passwords if other sites are working correctly for you (and you want them to), but I removed the intranet URL, opened a new browser and navigated to the site...and it automatically logged me in!

Thanks Nick Porter.


1 comment:

  1. We had an issue where a user was logging onto a web app but it was logging him in as another user (who didn't have access to it). Clearing the cache, and passwords in IE didn't do it, but following Nick's instructions managed to fix it!