Automatic Login

It is sometimes useful to have a Burli workstation log itself in automatically. Ingest (capture) machines or VN servers that must resume their tasks after an unexpected restart are ideal candidates. It can also be useful to have journalist workstations login automatically with a Burli user name and password, or have Burli automatically use the Windows user login to prevent users having to login more than once at their workstations

Note which Login we are talking about here: this is the Burli username and password that appears as Burli begins (the image below). Microsoft provides a separate but similar system for automatically logging into Windows as it starts up. See this article (#324737) on the Microsoft Support website for details.

Bypass the login screen by having Burli login automatically

Automatic Login

The most common type of automatic login simply tells a given workstation – whether it’s a capture machine, server or journalist workstation – to automatically log in using an existing user name and password. This hides the login screen.

The settings are made in the registry at individual workstations. To set automatic login do the following:

  1. With Burli open press Ctrl-F6 and type regedit.
  2. The Windows registry opens to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Burli\RadioStar\
  3. Open the Login folder. You need to add some settings in here. 
  4. Right-click and select New, then DWORD value.
  5. Call the new value Automatic. Double-click the setting, to enter its value. Make the value 1.
  6. Right-click, select New, then String value.
  7. Call the new value User name (be careful to get the syntax exactly right; spacing and capitals are critical). Make the value an existing user name from Burli’s security system. (Again, be careful to of case, spacing and spelling).
  8. Right-click, select New, then String value.
  9. Call the new value Password. Make the value the password to match the user name above. (Again, be careful to of case, spacing and spelling).
  10. Finally, and ONLY if the workstation uses a NetHASP and there is more than one Profile in use, Right-click and select New, then DWORD value.
  11. Call the new value Profile Double-click the setting, to enter its value. Enter the profile number you wish the user to login with. Be careful to set the base to decimal.The resulting registry should look something like the illustration below. The order that the entries appear in the list does not matter.
  12. Exit the registry. Restart Burli.
  13. The workstation should login by itself and you should not see the login screen. If you see the login screen and/or see an error message in the ticker tape indicating that autologin failed, double-check all the settings. It is very common to get an error on the first try; every value MUST have the correct case, spelling and spacing. A single character out of place anywhere in the settings will cause automatic login to fail.

Windows Login

In larger installations where each user has a Windows login to their workstation, you may wish to have Burli automatically log in using the Windows user name and password.

Note that because of the way Burli’s user rights are assigned, the user name MUST exist in Burli’s security system as well as in Windows, and the two user names must be identical. The passwords do not necessarily have to match.

System-wide Windows Login

If you want every workstation across the LAN to login to Burli with the Windows login, then a single setting will turn this feature on at all workstations. This saves you editing the registry of every workstation.

  1. With Burli open press Ctrl-F6 and type main.
  2. The settings file main.ini opens.
  3. In the [Startup] section at the top of the file, add the line 

    GlobalAutoLogin=Yes 

  4. Save the change to main.ini
  5. Restart Burli at all workstations. Assuming the Windows user exists in Burli’s login system, Burli will login automatically. If there is an error of any description, Burli will prompt the user for a user name and login.

Windows Login on specific workstations

If you only require some workstations to login automatically with the Windows user, you can do so. The settings are similar to those for Automatic Login above.

  1. With Burli open press Ctrl-F6 and type regedit.
  2. The Windows registry opens to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Burli\RadioStar\                    For 64bit OS the location is: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Burli\RadioStar\
  3. Open the Login folder. You need to add some settings in here. 
  4. Right-click and select New, then DWORD value.
  5. Call the new value Automatic. Double-click the setting, to enter its value. Make the value 1.
  6. Right-click, select New, then String value.
  7. Call the new value User name (be careful to get the syntax exactly right; spacing and capitals are critical). Make the value %USERNAME (just like that, with the per cent sign and all-caps).
  8. You do not need to enter a Password setting – Burli assumes that the user gave Windows a valid password as they logged in to Windows.
  9. Finally, and ONLY if the workstation uses a NetHASP and there is more than one Profile in use, Right-click and select New, then DWORD value.
  10. Call the new value Profile Double-click the setting, to enter its value. Enter the profile number you wish the user to login with. Be careful to set the base to decimal.
  11. Exit the registry. Restart Windows.
  12. When it launches, Burli should login by itself and you should not see the login screen. If you see the login screen and/or see an error message in the ticker tape indicating that autologin failed, double-check all the settings. It is very common to get an error on the first try; every value MUST have the correct case, spelling and spacing. A single character out of place anywhere in the settings will cause automatic login to fail. Also note that the user must exist – with identical user names – in BOTH Windows and Burli’s user lists for this process to work.

Auto create users based on their Windows user names

If you have a new Burli installation or a classroom environment, it may be more helpful for the new users to automatically be added to Burli Security the very first time that they log in. This can be done based on a default user and will include the Group rights and password if included.

When a new users is automatically created using the GlobalDefaultUser setting, the user will also inherit the Group that the GlobalDefaultUser belongs to. This allows for easier management of users once they have been added to the Burli Security system.

There are four prerequisites that need to be in place for this function to work:

  • MAIN.INI setting: GlobalDefaultUser=DefaultBurliUser (or the username you have selected.
  • MAIN.INI setting: GlobalAutoLogin=Yes
  • MAIN.INI setting: NewLoginMethod=Yes
  • A valid GlobalDefaultUser has been defined in Burli Security and MAIN.INI

The users need to have Write Access to the security.dta file on the Burli Root Path

The new Burli users will be created based on their Windows Login name. The Burli ticker tape will confirm that the user has been logged in (and created) at launch. If the user already exists in Burli security, the rights will not be changed. The user rights include group membership but do include an optional predefined user password. This is to prevent users from logging in as someone else with no password or to give users rights to the Burli Web Server.

 

  • With Burli open press Ctrl-F6 and type main

 

This opens a notepad with the MAIN.INI file open

  • In the [Startup] section at the top of the file, add these lines.

GlobalAutoLogin=Yes

GlobalDefaultUser=DefaultUserName

or to include a predefined password:

GlobalDefaultUser=DefaultUserName~UserPassword

  • Save the change to main.ini
  • Restart Burli at all workstations. Assuming the Windows user exists in Burli’s login system, Burli will login automatically. If there is an error of any description, Burli will prompt the user for a user name and login.

 

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