Let Windows use the Open Directory user authentication

By | February 26, 2017

Let Windows use the Open Directory user authentication

  • Tested with Windows 7 and 10

This is a short guide on how to configure Windows to use a third party tool to connect to Open Dirctory and be able to login with the OD users.
Additionally auto logon should be activated for easier use.

The pGina fork works very well: http://mutonufoai.github.io/pgina/

Download and install the Software. Choose the latest version (here

Use following settings:


  • Unlock: User original username to unlock computer
  • Login: Display last user name in logon Screen

Plugin Selection:

  • LDAP:
    • Authentication
      • LDAP Hosts: od.lis.priv
      • LDAP Port: 636, Use SSL
      • Search DN: dc=osxserver01,dc=lis,dc=priv
      • User Dn Pattern: uid=%u,cn=users,dc=osxserver01,dc=od,dc=lis,dc=priv
    • Gateway
      • Always add to local group “Users”

Plugin Order:

  • LDAP first

Activate Autologin for a user with password

  1. from the “run” window or command line open the User Accounts dialog by typing “netplwiz”
  2. select the user which should automatically login
  3. uncheck the checkbox at the top with name “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”
  4. click “OK” and type the password in the opened dialog.

Hide specific users from the logon screen

  1. Open the Windows Registry with Administrative privileges(command: regedit)
  2. Navigate to: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
  3. Create a new Key (Folder) with name: SpecialAccounts
  4. Create another new Key (Folder) with name: UserList
  5. Create in the UserList Key a new DWORD (32-Bit) entry.
    a) The name should be the user to hide
    b) The value is either 0 to hide or 1 to show the user in the logon screen

The info was found here: Computerperformance.co.uk

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