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Local and domain user accounts on laptop

By Crazy Horse ·
Hi,

I've installed Win2k Pro for a user's laptop. Then assigned a computer name and join it to the company domain XYZ on the LAN.

The reason why I join it to the domain is for easy software installation via scripts. The software is pushed down via MSI packages after the computer is joined to domain. Next, I logged on using the user's domain account and configure each of the MSI-packaged software.

Now the problem is, when the user goes for overseas travel and takes the laptop with him (i.e. out of LAN, he dials in via AT&T Global Network Dialer to access our company public web site to replicate his Notes mail, does he still logon using the domain account or should I create a local user account on the laptop and waste time to install the same software again?

If he logged on using the cached domain account (i.e. out of LAN), he may not receive the latest changes to his account (e.g. password/group membership/share permission changes), but when i create a local user account,I cannot continue to configure those pushed down software packages as the system will search for the domain controller (XYZ) to complete the installation. Hence my temporary solution is to logon using his domain account and configure all MSI packaged software while I'm on the LAN.

And one weird thing is, after I have completed all MSI installation and disconnected the laptop from the LAN and logged in again using the domain account, when opening a document in the File-> Open dialog, MS Wordor any Office application hangs for several minutes before i see the folders dialog.

The problem went away only when I delete the network connections to domain XYZ in Windows Explorer. Could Word be searching for the network drives before giving up after a timeout?

In addition, he needs to access the domain via the LAN in office at times. Any implications and/or suggestions?

TIA

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by bitsybug20 In reply to Local and domain user acc ...

On a laptop, there is actually a very simple way to do this. If you set up the computer so that when he turns it on, he has the option to start the computer in office or out of office, then he can choose 1 or 2 and it will automatically load the network settings for where he is at. We also have a lan line in the office, and this is how we have set up our laptops. We use a VPN to access our company site, but they have to dial into AT&T before they can get to the VPN when they are out of the office. You shouldn't have to load the programs more than once though, I have never had to do that. You may also want to set something up for him in notes called passthru. We found that works really well out in the field when we are outside the company relm so to speak. If you want to talk, you can email me direct if you like, I have setup a lot of these. bitsybug20@hotmail.com

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by Crazy Horse In reply to Local and domain user acc ...

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by tindog In reply to Local and domain user acc ...

You can also have the user check the box labeled "Logon using Dial-Up connection" on the same screen where he puts in his user name and password. That way, he logs in under the same profile (domain\username), but the system is dialing up the DC forauthentication.

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by Crazy Horse In reply to Local and domain user acc ...

I think I haven't fully made myself clear. The user is dialing up to our network not for authentication to the DC for Notes replication, but he is dialing up to any phone network in any country via AT&T Global Dialer to access our public web server.

That is, our DC is behind a firewall, and our remote users mainly dial-up to the Internet to logon to our e-Portal web server, which in turn connects them to their home Notes server via a passthru server to check their mailbox.

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