Domain controllers are Windows machines that provide security settings and authentication for users who log into the network. The authentication procedures used to verify a user's credentials are transparent to the person logging into the network. You can verify that the domain control is indeed authenticating the user on the local computer. The verification is accomplished in the Windows command line.
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Click the Windows "Start" button on your client machine. Select "Run" and enter "cmd" into the text box. Click "OK" to open the Windows command line.
Type "echo %logonserver%" into the command prompt and press "Enter." This echoes the Windows environment variable that sets the authenticating domain server.
View the results of the executed command. If the environment variable returns the name of your domain server, then it is authenticating users on your network.
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