Office Communicator 2007 –> Save Password on Non-Domain-Member Computer For Automatic Sign In

2010-01-21 Initial Post

If your computer is not a member of an AD domain that's trusted by your Office Communications Server 2007 Pool, your Office Communicator 2007 client will not display the option to save the password. You can enable a registry setting to have the OCS client display the checkbox that allows you to save your OCS password. You might wonder why you would ever need to do this, but you never know. I had a need for it since I work at a client and my computer is not a member of their domain.

Copy everything below into a text file with a .reg extension, and then double-click on the file to import the settings. Tested on Windows XP SP3 with Office Communicator 2007 R2.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Based on instructions from http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/communicatorcontacts/thread/2127b420-f8c3-451b-80f5-82d344fd6212 on 2010-01-21
; This allows non-domain-member computers to give users the option to save their Office Communicator 2007 password for auto sign in.
; 0 = Users do not have the option to save password.
; 1 = Users have the option to save password.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator]
"SavePassword"=dword:00000001

2010-01-28 Update

My password was going to expire in 14 days, so I changed it this morning. I tried to sign in to OCS and, as expected, it didn't sign me in since it had my old password saved. I thought there would be an option to change the password, but I couldn't find any setting for that. What I ended up doing was removing the option to save the password by running the same registry update, but with 0 (zero) for the parameter instead of 1 (see below). After doing that, I ran the first registry change again to save the password. Now I'll be good until the next password change . . .

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Based on instructions from http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/communicatorcontacts/thread/2127b420-f8c3-451b-80f5-82d344fd6212 on 2010-01-21
; This allows non-domain-member computers to give users the option to save their Office Communicator 2007 password for auto sign in.
; 0 = Users do not have the option to save password.
; 1 = Users have the option to save password.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator]
"SavePassword"=dword:00000000

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