You are prompted to enter your credentials when you access an FQDN site by using a Windows Vista-based client computer that has no proxy configured:

People kept talking about they had issues with Vista and Sharepoint and Office 2007, especially v3 and I couldn’t figure out exactly what they were talking about.  I think this KB explains it.  I am using proxy settings, thus I don’t see this issue.

If you want to deploy it to all of the workstations.. here’s how:

According to my experience, we can use the Group Policy to run the script
as a Startup Script which is under the context of the System account for
all the Vista computers to accomplish this. Note: The startup script can be
enabled in “Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts
(Startup/Shutdown)\Startup” of an appropriate GPO.

To deploy this startup group policy, I have also included the detail steps
for you below:

1. Create and Test the Startup Script:
NOTE: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may
require you to reinstall Windows. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems
resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use
Registry Editor at your own risk.
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

1). Log on one of the Windows Vista machine as local admin, right-click the
Desktop->New->Text Document.
2). Copy the following commands and then paste them into the opened Notepad

————————————————————– (don’t
include this line)
@echo off
Reg add
/v AuthForwardServerList /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d
————————————————————– (don’t
include this line)

NOTE: Please change the value
169.4.6″ in above script to the URL of the server that hosts the Web share
on your network. If you would like to enter the multi-sites, please use
“” (means “Enter”) to separate them, just like the format in above script.

3). After you paste the above commands, please close the Notepad window.
Choose Yes when you are prompted to save the file with name “Webdev”
without quotation.
4). Double-Click My Computer, press Alt key, choose Tools option->folder
options->view-> make sure “Hide extensions for known file types” unmarked.
Click ok.
5). Rename the file Webdev.txt to Webdev.bat, Choose Yes when you are
prompted to save the file.
6). Right click on the “Webdev.bat” -> Run as Administrator -> Click
Continue if it prompts.
7). Click Start, type: REGEDIT in the Start Search bar and then press
Enter. Click Continue.
8). Navigate to the following registry key:


9). Please verify if the “AuthForwardServerList” key and its value has been
created as expected. If so, the script has been created successfully.

2. Deploy the Startup Script via Group Policy:
1). Please log on the Domain Administrator on this Windows Vista machine.
2). Click GPMC.MSC in the Start search box and then press Enter. NOTE:
GPMC.MSC will not be available if the Vista SP1 has been applied.
3). Edit the appropriate existing group policy
4). Navigate to the following path:

[Computer Configuration]\[Windows Settings]\[Script (Startup/Shutdown)]

5). Highlight the entry [Script (Startup/Shutdown)], double click “startup”
policy in the right panel and then click Add.
6). In the “Add a Script” window, select the file Webdev.bat which we just
created and then click Open.
7). Click OK and then click OK again.

After deploying the startup script, the workstations will run this script
when the machine startup. Please check if the registry keys can be added on
all the Vista workstations on the network.

Hope above information is helpful.


One Response to THAT’s why I never saw issues with Sharepoint and Vista

  1. HandyAndy says:

    2). Click GPMC.MSC in the Start search box and then press Enter. NOTE:
    GPMC.MSC will not be available if the Vista SP1 has been applied.

    OK so now what, uninstall SP1?