In Windows Vista and later operating systems, Winlogon's roles and responsibilities have changed significantly.Winlogon handles interface functions that are independent of authentication policy.The image below shows you where in the help dialog to find the channel the region you're in is running.

If you find problems in the "Second Life Beta Server" channel before that version has been deployed to the main Second Life service, please use our Bug Tracker to check to see if that problem has already been reported, and to report it if not.

When reporting a problem, please give as much information as possible: what region you were in, exactly what you did and what behavior you saw, when it happened, and the version of both your viewer software and of the server software running in the region where you saw the problem.

Some of the parameters required in the Winlogon services available to GINAs explicitly support these additional network providers.

In addition to the Second Life main grid (known as "Agni") that many thousands of Residents log into each day, there is another grid open to the public, known as the preview grid, or "Aditi." Aditi is where we test server software under development.

It creates the desktops for the window station, implements time-out operations, and in versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista, provides a set of support functions for the GINA and takes responsibility for configuring machine and user Group Policy.

Winlogon also checks if the copy of Windows is a legitimate license in Windows XP and later versions.

You will find that as you move from one region to another, you will frequently be moving to regions that are running a different version of the server software.

To get the most of the preview grid, you need to know where you are.

When there is mouse or keyboard activity, Winlogon invokes the Wlx Display Locked Notice function of the GINA and locked workstation behavior resumes.

If the screen saver is not secure, any keyboard or mouse activity terminates the screen saver without notification to the GINA.

Winlogon is a common target for several threats that could modify its function and memory usage.