Troubleshoot: User Accounts on Windows

When you create a user in JumpCloud where the username in JumpCloud matches the short username on your Windows host, the expected behavior is that JumpCloud takes over the existing account, and manages it from that point forward.

With a Windows device, there are a few things to be aware of relating to user names:

  • Windows Live – JumpCloud can only partially take over an account that is linked to Windows Live. It will be able to disable and re-enable a Windows Live account, but will be unable to modify its password. To allow JumpCloud to fully control the account, you must convert it from a Windows Live account to a standard local account.
  • Windows PIN or Picture Passwords – JumpCloud can only partially take over an account that has been configured for PIN or Picture Passwords.  To allow JumpCloud to fully control the account, you must remove PIN/Picture Passwords from the local user before takeover.
  • User name versus Full Name – as with both OS X and Linux, Windows stores two user names for each local user account: the username, which is a short name, often also called a login name, and the Full Name. The Full Name is primarily cosmetic, it’s what the user sees on the login screen, and is used as the name for their home directory. JumpCloud links the account via the user name only, since it’s guaranteed to be unique on the system. Because of that, you may need to list the user names of the users on your Windows systems to obtain the correct usernames.
  • User name case-sensitivity – In order for the JumpCloud agent to take over a Windows account, not only must the user name in JumpCloud match the user name on the Windows host, but it’s also case-sensitive. This means that if a user name, ‘Jonathan’, exists on the Windows server, the JumpCloud user name must also be ‘Jonathan’, or JumpCloud will be unable to find and control the user account.

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