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By danawanner ·
I need to be able to have my laptop users log onto a domain while they are in the office, but when small groups go to the same client I need them to be able to have access to each other's laptops as well as share a single printer. My thought was topurchase a 5 port hub and by using hardware profiles, configure a profile to use while at the office and another to use while at a clients'. However the network settings will not stay with any one profile. In other words, when I change the networksettings to reflect logging onto the domain at work, the network settings for the Clients' profile also changes. Does anyone know of a workaround for this? We need to be able to use the same NIC for each scenario.
Thanks,
Dana Wanner

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by calves In reply to Networking Question

Hello Dana,

On the Network Neighborhood properties, you can leave the name of the network blank (only mark the logon to domain without giving it a name), so when the machine boots, will require the user to enter the username, password and domain.This way you should be able to logon to multiple domains with the same OS. I suggest that on each domain your clients use a different username tough. It will allow for the profile of each domain and user to stay.
Good luck and contact me if you have any questions!

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by danawanner In reply to Networking Question
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by mark.tassin In reply to Networking Question

I remember having to do this a while ago for project engineers in a construction company. The product we used was a utility called netswitcher.
http://www.netswitcher.com/

It allows you to save multiple profiles for network settings and switch between them.

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by danawanner In reply to Networking Question

Thanks for your help. I ended up talking with Microsoft about this and the only solution they had was a 3rd party utility. The one you suggested worked nicely.

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by mphoffar In reply to Networking Question

There's not really an easy way to do this.

A Couple of ways I can think of to do this. One would be to change the IPs on the laptops to something for internal use (192.168.X.X or 90.0.X.X), when they're in the office have them use a proxy server of some time to use a name server to get them on the network. When they're at a client, because they're using internal use IPs, they should be able to see each other with a hub.

The other way would be use NetBEUI to talk to each other and have them print that way also.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Networking Question

I've heard that netswitcher is good for this.

You could try and make your Windows logon the primary logon (Logon to windows first, then domain, this way they can escape the domain logon when not attached), have them all in the same workgroup (this should never change), buy a small hub, load netbuei in addition to your current protocol. It should work even w/o netswitcher!

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by Mike W. In reply to Networking Question

Although it may get confusing for the users, Giving them a different logon name for each domain is your best answer.

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