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Logging into Domain

I am planning on setting up my Win2k laptop to log into a domain where I work. But before I do I just want to make sure of a few things. First, if i setup my laptop to logon to my work domain will I be able to use my computer when I am not connected to the domain? Second, are there any win2k services that need to be running?

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hnminhCommented:
To access MS network resource, you only need to have "Client for Microsoft Network" installed with proper network protocol configuration (could be TCP/IP or NetBEUI) depend on which one is being used on your network. Check this in your network interface's general tab and consult your system admin.

Ask your system admin if you have to join the laptop into the domain, you will need his help if this is a must. By login into the domain, you will use a different profile which means different "My Documents" folder, different Outlook Express or MS Outlook mailbox, different desktop setting,etc... from the profile you are using before join into domain. This profile, including domain account's password, is stored locally on your laptop so that you dont need to be hooked up into the network to be able to use network account to login locally.

If your system admin say your laptop need not to be a domain member to be able to access network resources, you can leave your laptop in workgroup mode, ie. changing nothing. With properly configured network protocol (WINS with TCP/IP for ex.) you will be able to see your network resources in network neighborhood and will be asked for netowrk (domain) username and password first time you try to access these resources after bootup. You will have to give the username in form of DOMAINNAME\username to be successfully login into the network.

Good luck!
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GreatOneAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help. I was able to get to all the resources without having to join the domain.
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