I've got an odd problem that I've finally narrowed down enough to
troubleshoot, but I'm not having much luck. Hoping someone here might have
a thought. I can work around it (as I have been), but would be nice to fix
I have a Windows 2003 server running a payroll application. Unfortunately,
portions of this application have to run as programs, so I have the server
set to automatically log into a local account (server is a member of a
domain) and launch the necessary programs. The server is also running
Terminal Services for a few users to connect to in order to run another
portion of this application.
The problem is that the automatically logged-in console session keeps
locking out (requiring C-A-D and password to get back in). This is running
as a virtual server under VMWare ESXi, so it is secure and I don't want to
have to always type in the ugly password I set for the account. It seemed
to randomly lock out, but today I finally figured out what is causing it.
When a user connects via terminal services, then disconnects (not a normal
logout), it locks the console session. Doesn't matter if the user is an
admin user or a regular user. I tried logging into the console with a
domain admin account and it still did the same thing.
I tried to reproduce this on another 2003 terminal server we have here, and
it behaved normally and didn't lock the console session.
Any thoughts? I'm stumped! Couldn't seem to find any answers from a good
bit of Google searching either...