Caching your Windows 8 / 10 Domain Credentials via VPN

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I was setting up a fresh Windows 8 Fusion 6 VM last weekend and realized I needed to cache my home domain credentials.  I was remote to my home office and the only way I could access the domain was via VPN.

With only the ability to logon locally and then launch the VPN I was prompted for my password and security keys multiple times a day – Not a fun experience.  To fix this I really needed my domain user account credentials cached so that I could initially log on to Windows 8 without the VPN, and then launch the VPN connection after logon.

Here is how I solved this issue…

  1. Logged in with my local account
  2. Attached to the VPN
  3. Added my Windows 8 VM to the domain
  4. Added my domain account to a Local group
  5. Rebooted (Just adding my Win 8 VM to domain, doesn’t cache my credentials)
  6. Logged in with my local account
  7. Attached to the VPN
  8. Closed all Internet Explorer (IE) windows, held down CTRL+Shift, right click on IE, and finally choose ‘Run as Different User’ (PIC1)
  9. I typed in my domain user account/password and allowed IE to load << This should cache your credentials (PIC2)
  10. Close all windows, restart, and I was able to logon with my Domain Account
  11. Attached to the web based VPN and viola… all is working well

Pic 1 – hold down CTRL+Shift then right click on IE, and finally choose ‘Run as Different User’

PIC 2 – Enter your Credentials

Summary – Using ‘Run as Different User’ ensures you have a local account cached from the domain your attempting to log on to. Your experience may vary depending on your rights as a domain user and the security policies enforced in your domain.

** Update 12/18/2017**

Recently I tired this same process with Windows 10 and it worked like a charm!

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