Windows password not changed via "red N" Login for user with expired password

  • 7007860
  • 09-Feb-2011
  • 26-Apr-2012


Novell Client for Windows 4.91
Windows XP


The local Windows password is not changed during password changes initiated via a red N login by a user whose password has expired.  

"Synchronize with" list is blank when forced to change expiring password during a "red N" login.

Users with expired eDirectory password who log into the workstation "Windows only," and then log into eDirectory by right clicking the "red N" and selecting "login," will be prompted to change their eDirectory password.  But no option will be presented to also change the Windows password, and the Windows password will remain unchanged.


This is working as designed for the Novell Client v 49.1 and previous.   The Novell 2 Client for Windows Vista and Windows 7 does not have this limitation.

The 4.91 Novell Client does know the Windows account password unless it's in the midst of performing a Windows account logon.  The "Synchronize with:" list only displays items that the Client knows were using the same password as the (now expiring) eDirectory password.  But because the Client is not  in the midst of logging on to Windows (only to eDirectory, from LOGINW32.EXE or NWTRAY.EXE, etc.), it doesn't know what the current Windows password is, and so has no way to judge whether it takes the same "old password" value as the expiring eDirectory account or not.

The Novell Client 2 for Windows 7 will list the Windows account for synchronization in the above scenario, unless the "Windows Password Synchronization" option in Novell Client Properties is disabled.

Additional Information

Steps to duplicate:

1. using iManager, set the password expiration date to some time in the past

2. login workstation only
3. right click the red N and select login
4. change eDirectory password when prompted.  As shown in the attached screen shot there is nothing listed in the "Synchronize this password with" box

5. Log out of workstaiton and log back into network and windows.  The eDir login will take the new password, the Windows login will require the old password.