Patent Number: 6,401,211

Title: System and method of user logon in combination with user authentication for network access

Abstract: A system and method of combined user logon-authentication provides enhanced logon performance by utilizing communications with a network access control server for user authentication to provide user account data required for user logon. When a user logs on a computer, the computer initiates a network access control process with a network access control server for obtaining access to network services, including the computer that the user is logging on. During the access control process, the network access control server authenticates the user and queries a directory service for the account data for the user. The network access control server includes the user account data in one of the communication packets sent to the computer in the network access control process. The computer retrieves the user account data from the communication packet and uses the data to complete the user logon.

Inventors: Brezak, Jr.; John E. (Woodinville, WA), Ward; Richard B. (Redmond, WA), Swift; Michael M. (Seattle, WA), Leach; Paul J. (Seattle, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 21/00 (20060101); H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); G06F 011/00 (); G06F 013/14 (); G06F 015/173 (); H04L 009/00 (); H04L 012/66 ()

Expiration Date: 06/04/2019