Limiting exposure of Domain Service Accounts

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If you want to ensure that an NT domain-level service account is not allowed interactive logon, replace your default login script with LOGOFF.EXE - available in the NT Resource Kit - and ensure that the LOGOFF.EXE file is replicated to all domain controllers. By using the /F and /N parameters, as soon as someone attempts to interactively log on with this account, they will immediately be logged off.

While this isn't 100% fool-proof, it sure fools most people.

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This was first published in November 2001

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