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Log on to two domains with a laptop

By SBD ·
I have a laptop with Win XP Pro and want to go between offices with different networks, different range of IP address, different domain names. I want to log on to these networks without changing all the settings everytime, can I do this or is it impossible.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Log on to two domains wit ...

The answer depends on a number of variables, such as:

Does the laptop get TCP/IP from DHCP on the 2 different networks? If yes, then you will automatically get an IP address. If you have a hard coded IP address, then you will have to change it each time.

Are the 2 domains Windows NT domains? If so and a trust exists between them, you should be able to log into one or the other if your user account is granted rights to resources in each domain.

If they are domains with no trusts, you will have to have a user account in each.

If it is an Active Directory forest containing these 2 domains, you will be able to log into your home domain and access resources in the other domain, if you have rights assigned.

An additional consideration is if your machine is being placed into one domain and then placed into another when you travel to the other location. Is this the action you are ahving to do?
You can access resources in a domain with the //server/resourceshare in a command box. Then you will be prompted for your user account and password.

If you have some more information on the environments, I can possibly craft an answer that fits your exact issue.

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by SBD In reply to Log on to two domains wit ...

Ok, there are 2 total seperate domains, both with static IPs. Both are Win 2000 servers with no trusts, no active director, but I do need to have full access to both, because I'm using server based software on both.

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by trockii In reply to Log on to two domains wit ...

Set up the first one and make that local area connection 1 then set up the other one and call it local area connection 2. You should just have to click enable or disable depending on which one you would like to use.

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by razz2 In reply to Log on to two domains wit ...

As far as the ip just multi-home the NIC. Go to the TCP/IP proprties and advanced. Add multiple ip's as needed.

As to the domain, You will need a user account in both domains and the XPPro will need an account in both. As long as that is the case then you should be fine. Attempt access with \\servername\sharename. Joining 1 domain will allow logging into that one but then not the other. So log into the local machine account and have it be the same name and password as the domain. When you attempt to access a LAN resource it should allow you.

Good Luck,

razz

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