Use Autologon to automatically logon via a true Console session
You can try configuring the server to automatically log on a user account on system startup. This is accomplished by configuring the registry.
- In the Registry, navigate to the key
As necessary, create and populate the following values. They are all of type
Value Data Example
----- ---- -------
AutoAdminLogon 1 1
DefaultDomainName <Domain_Name> CONTOSO
DefaultUserName <Username> JohnDoe
DefaultPassword <Password> P@ssw0rd!
Reboot the computer for the change to take effect. The specified account will automatically be logged on.
Be sure the software you wish to run starts automatically when this account logs in.
The difference between logging into the computer via this method and by initially logging on the account by establishing a Remote Desktop session is that this method is the equivalent of logging in at the machine's physical console. As a result, programs that do not play nice in an RDP session are more likely to work correctly.
Be aware that this, in fact, does logon an account at the machine's physical console. Any user that has access to the console, including via a virtual machine management interface, will be able to access the machine via this already logged-on user account. Take this into account when using this method.