How to Run a Domain Logon Script in the Foreground with the Start.exe Command-Line Tool

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By default, logon scripts run in the background. You can use the Start.exe command-line tool to run local and domain logon scripts on computers that are running Windows.

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To create a domain logon script that runs in the foreground by using Start.exe, create a file named Logon.bat that contains the commands that you want to run. Then, create a file named Newfile.bat to call the Logon.bat file. Place both files in the Netlogon share on the domain controllers. In a Windows-based domain, start the Active Directory Users and Computers tool in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and configure the user to use the Newfile.bat file as the logon script.

NOTE: In a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based domain, start the User Manager for Domains tool and configure the users to use the Newfile.bat file as the logon script.

Include the following line in the Newfile.bat file:
start /max logon.bat
When a user logs on, the logon script runs in the foreground.

NOTE: The file names Logon.bat and Newfile.bat are used in this article for illustration purposes only. You can use other file names.

Preferred Method for Windows-Based Clients

The preferred method for Windows-based clients is to use Group Policy to control the user's environment for logon scripts. The following Group Policy setting are available for logon scripts:
  • User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Logonff
    • Disable logoff
    • Run logon scripts synchronously
    • Run legacy logon scripts hidden
    • Run logon scripts visible
    • Run logoff scripts visible

  • Computer Configuration\Adminstrative Templates\System\Logon
    • Run logon scripts synchronously
    • Run legacy logon scripts hidden
    • Run startup scripts visible
    • Run shutdown scripts visible
    • Maximum wait time for Group Policy scripts
For more information about the Start tool, type start /? at a command prompt.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
126410 How to Start a Program From a Command Prompt in Windows

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Article ID: 265016 - Last Review: March 1, 2007 - Revision: 3.4
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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft BackOffice Server 4.0
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