How to auto login a user at boot on windows server 2016

There are two stpes, first to set auto-login without user name/password then disable Ctrl+Alt+Del which is enabled for Windows server by default. It works great for vm in Azure.

To set auto-login account

  1. Start > Run > netplwiz (as explained in other answers)
  2. Un-tick “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
  3. Provide login credentials to be used for auto-logon

Disabling CTRL+ALT+DEL logon requirement

  1. Start
  2. Type ‘Local Security Policy’ (no quotes) and click on item matching this name
  3. Open ‘Local Policies’
  4. Open ‘Security Options’ Locate Policy called ‘Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL’
    Double click on it Set to ‘Enabled’

After applying this change and rebooting the server it managed to successfully auto-login to the account I had provided.

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