Windows 7: Allow Domain logon using biometrics (Fingerprint reader)

More and more laptops are sold these days with fingerprint readers as “standard equipment”. With that, comes the end user request (sometimes requirement) of being able to logon using the swipe of their finger.

By default, only local logon is allowed in Windows 7. There are a few ways to enable domain logon using biometrics, I will cover two of them here.

  1. Biometrics settings within the control panel
  2. Domain Policy (GPO)

Control Panel

To enable biometric (fingerprint) logon through the Windows 7 control panel, do the following.

  1. Navigate to:
    START > CONTROL PANEL
  2. Once in the Control Panel, open the “Biometric Devices” applet.
  3. On the left side of the applet window, click  “Change biometric settings”
  4. Ensure that the “Biometrics on” radio button is selected, then check both boxes below it.

Domain Policy (GPO)

To enable biometric logon in Domain Policy (GPO) for Windows 7 (this will work for Windows XP as well):

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor on your admin workstation or server where you manage group policies from.
  2. Create a new policy.
  3. Navigate to COMPUTER CONFIGURATION > ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > BIOMETRICS
  4. Set the following policies to “Enabled”
    1. Allow the use of biometrics
    2. Allow users to log on using biometrics
    3. Allow domain users to log on using biometrics
  5. Link the policy to the appropriate/ desired OU where computers with biometric devices exist.

Enjoy!

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My name is Phil Pritchett; I am currently a Sr. Consultant at one of the top three largest VAR/ SI partners for Microsoft. Though I may have extensive knowledge and expertise across several areas within IT, my focus has been upon Microsoft Technologies (specifically System Center, and Desktop Management). I don’t profess to be an expert who knows everything there is, I am merely an engineer like many of you who wants to share my findings so that others may benefit.

My career started many years ago when I was working as private security for Paul Allen. One evening during a Blazers vs. Bulls game, I happened to be getting a few laughs with some coworkers at the expense of Mr. Gates. Like those funny stories we always read about or see in TV sitcoms, guess who was standing behind me and listening to the whole thing? Yup, you guessed it….Bill Gates himself…

After some quick apologies, I soon realized that he did in fact have a good sense of humor as he threw some “rent-a-cop” remarks my direction. We had a few chuckles as we walked toward the locker room, then I asked him for a little career advice because computers and technology were always a hobby for me.

It’s been years since then, so the words may have been different but the meaning is the same…

“Technology is the future of our world. If you intend to make a mark on it (the world), then do it now. Don’t wait, because someone else may be waiting for you to inspire them to do the same. Besides, why not get paid for something that you love?”

So, here I am 16+/- years later starting my first blog. My intent is to chronicle my journey as a consultant from this day forward, help some with technology concerns, and inspire others to follow the path that is right for them through the mentally and emotionally charged world of technology and consulting.