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Log into computer through cached login?

By josh.humphrey ·
I am a technician at a University and we have all desktops on our domain. We are wanting to place all laptops onto our domain but were unsure of how long users can log into their computers without being connected to the domain. Many faculty are away from the domain for up to 3 months. Is there a time limit on logging into a computer using your domain cached login? A website for reference would also be helpful.

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they should be able to log into the local laptop indefinately. whether they will have problems or not when they try to get back on will depend on the policies that you set on the DCs.

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by josh.humphrey In reply to Log into computer through ...

Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that the the users should be able to log on indefinetly but I have never tested it so I was unsure. Do you or anyone know of where I can find a reference so I can send it to the higher ups at the Univ?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Log into computer through ...

If this is an Active Directory domain, you could run into issues depending on such things as:

GPO Settings:
Interactive logon: Require Domain Controller authentication to unlock workstation (Should be set to NOT DEFINED)
Interactive logon: Number of previous logons to cache (in case domain controller is not available) (Should be set to NOT DEFINED)

Those are most likely set in the Default Domain Policy, but check the GPOs to make sure.

Unless you are running Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 1, the default tombstone period for an AD object is 60 days. This means that in 60 days, the object will be pruned out of AD. So if they are gone longer than 60 days, as you stated and you are on Windows 2000, you will have to be putting a large number of computer object accounts back into AD.

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by tjdelapp In reply to Log into computer through ...

I had set up several engineers laptops in a domain such as you describe and had the problem of the laptops would NOT log into the domain account on the laptop AFTER receiving DHCP from a customers (different) domain. Never did find an answer as to why. Tried to increase the tombstone time but did not have any sucess.

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