Problem: Require to create null PWL files or other solution for password syncronization problem

Problem: Require to create null PWL files or other solution for password syncronization problem

Post by Peter Rocc » Fri, 30 May 1997 04:00:00

Does anyone have any information/structure on the new SP1 Windows
password list files?

Specifically I need to be able to create a new PWL file with a null
system password.

For those that are wondering, no I'm not trying to hack anything - I
need to be able to bypass the Windows "Do you want to create a new
password file to remember your settings" after authenticating with
Novell.  Most users will loose the syncronization with the roaming
profiles between the Win95/Novell passwords which is expected to flood
our helpdesk.

If we can generate a clean PWL file with a null password for the
username then it will bypass this question.  If anyone else has had this
problem before and found any solutions please let me know cc'd to

Thank you.

-- This message is of the opinion of the author and
   not reflective of London Health Sciences Centre.


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user may select from among whatever DUN connections he's created on his

My problem is that this program must be able to operate unattended, and the
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I've looked high and low, but I can't find ANY documentation on those PWL files
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