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Had a situation where I needed to connect via SonicWall VPN before logging on to Windows
In my experience the VPN client replaces the normal GINA so that you can authenticate using a VPN connection.

Solution found:
Comment by Hori76
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/System_Utilities/Remote_Access/VPN/Q_24181114.html

which points to a note by PsyCrow
http://www.msfn.org/board/need-to-start-vpn-program-before-logon-s-t87231.html

To sum it up…

1. Create a batch file with the following information
@echo off
"C:\Program Files\SonicWALL\SonicWALL Global VPN Client\swgvpnclient.exe" /E YOUR CONNECTION NAME

2. Launch “gpedit.msc” and add the batch file you created to the Startup scripts
3. Restart the computer
4. Wait until the Sonicwall Client launches which will give an error since the connection is not installed under the system account
5. Install the connection and make sure it’s named the same as specified
6. Don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to just enable the connection and proceed but I restarted again anyway
7. If you so choose remove the batch file from the Startup scripts GP entry

Now in my instance I wanted to logon for the first time which of course requires a connection to the domain in question. (no cached profile)
After I logged on it seemed to hang at “Applying computer settings…”
Just wait a bit. It will eventually go through.

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