Netlogon service


Netlogon service is a Authentication Mechanism used in the Windows Client Authentication Architecture which verifies logon requests, and it registers, authenticates, and locates Domain Controllers.

Netlogon service can only be used after user, service, or computer authentication has taken place. During network logon, the process does not use the credentials entry dialog boxes to collect data. Instead, previously established credentials or another method to collect credentials is used. This process confirms the user's identity to any network service that the user is attempting to access. This process is typically invisible to the user unless alternate credentials have to be provided.

To provide this Authentication Mechanism, the security system includes these authentication mechanisms:

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