Contents of the README.TXT file
Microsoft(R) Product Support Services Application Note (Text File)
WW0618: WINLOGIN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Revision Date: 9/92
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1. Q. What is Microsoft WinLogin, and what does it do?
A. Microsoft WinLogin is a set of tools designed to help manage the
configurations of Microsoft Windows 3.1 workstations on a
Using WinLogin, you can manage configuration files for the
Windows operating system and for Windows-based applications from
a central location on a network. This makes it easy to set up new
applications or change characteristics for groups of users or
types of workstations. With WinLogin, you need to change only one
configuration file for each type of computer.
You can also use WinLogin to match user preferences with
workstation requirements. A user can log on to any workstation
running WinLogin and see his or her own personalized Windows
2. Q. How can I obtain Microsoft WinLogin?
A. You can order Microsoft WinLogin from Microsoft Consumer Sales by
calling (800) 426-9400 or by mailing a form supplied with the
Windows Resource Kit (WRK) for the Microsoft Windows operating
system version 3.1.
3. Q. What should I do if Microsoft WinLogin stops functioning
after I change my Windows display driver?
A. There are two ways for the WinLogin administrator to re-enable
WinLogin after someone changes a display driver. The
administrator can use the WinLogin client setup disk to
automatically reinstall WinLogin on the client machine. Or, the
administrator can manually make the changes described in the
first paragraph of the "Changes to your Windows setup" section in
the administrator's CLIENT.WRI file.
4. Q. When I try to run WinLogin, I receive the error messages
"CANNOT CONNECT TO REMOTE RESOURCE" and "COULD NOT LOCATE THE
FILE SYSTEM.MBD." Why is this occurring?
A. The error messages "CANNOT CONNECT TO REMOTE RESOURCE" and "COULD
NOT LOCATE THE FILE SYSTEM.MBD" indicate that the WinLogin
workstation is not properly connected to the network drive where
the WinLogin database resides. Reconnect to the network drive to
restore the connection. The error messages should no longer be
5. Q. During the WinLogin Client Setup, I receive the error
message "WinLogin Client Setup could not access the WinLogin
Database as described in the WINLOGIN.INI." How can I correct
A. The following two problems can cause the error message "WinLogin
Client Setup could not access the WinLogin Database as described
in the WINLOGIN.INI:"
a. There may be insufficient space on the WinLogin client
hard disk to initialize Setup.(A minimum of 500K of free disk
space is required to set up a WinLogin client.)
b. The client may not have access to the remote network
resource. Make sure the client has full read-write access to
the database and the network share is not password protected.
6. Q. What networks work with Microsoft WinLogin?
A. Networks that work with Microsoft Windows version 3.1, except IBM
PC-LAN Program (an MS-DOS-based network that does not support
file locking), also work with WinLogin. If you are using
Microsoft LAN Manager version 2.1, you must obtain an updated
LANMAN21.DRV file. This file is available from the Microsoft
Download Service (MSDL), the Windows Advanced Forum on
CompuServe(R), Microsoft Consumer Sales, and Microsoft Product
Support Services. If you are using 3Com(R) 3+Share(R) and you
receive errors when you try to open the WinLogin database, you
may need to increase the number of concurrent file range locks
supported by your server.
7. Q. At the end of a WinLogin installation, I receive the error
message "SHARING VIOLATION ON DRIVE" followed by a drive letter
designation. How can I correct this problem?
A. The following two situations can cause the "SHARING VIOLATION ON
DRIVE" error message:
a. Microsoft Windows and Microsoft WinLogin are using a file
called VER.DLL. To determine if VER.DLL is being used, look for
this file in the MS-DOS.T directory. If you find VER.DLL,
choose the OK button to close the error message, then close and
b. There is a failed installation of WinLogin. Check for the
existence of a directory called \MS-SETUP.T. This directory may
have been left in the root directory of the local hard drive.
If this directory exists and contains the file VER.DLL, any
subsequent attempts to run Setup generate this error message.
To correct this problem, delete both the file and the directory
and run Setup again.
8. Q. The network that I am using requires that SHARE.EXE be
loaded. What values should I set for file space and for the
number of file locks in my AUTOEXEC.BAT file?
A. For networks that use SHARE.EXE, we recommend that the file space
be set to 4096 and the number of file locks be set to 200.
9. Q. During WinLogin Setup, I have to select either Log Unknown
Settings or Ignore. What are these options for? Can I change my
selection at a later time?
A. This option tells WinLogin how you want it to handle
initialization settings that users cannot change. If you select
the Log Unknown Settings option button, WinLogin creates a .DIF
file for any initialization setting that cannot be changed. When
you exit Windows, an error message informs you that the .DIF file
has been created. The system administrator can use the
information in this file to create merge rules. If you select the
Ignore option button, WinLogin ignores the initialization setting
and does not generate an error message. During WinLogin Setup,
you select one of these options, and the database is set up
accordingly. If you want to change this setting, you must
reinstall WinLogin and create a new database file.