Debate on multiple logon setups for a laptop
Posted on 2004-04-03
I've been reading the posts on the multiple domain logons for laptops and I've failed to come to any workable solutions.
I have a domain at home - for argument's sake, we'll call it HOME_DOMAIN which I have a user profile and administrator priveleges etc etc. My home domain allows me access to my home email server, sql server etc etc which I use for development purposes.
I have a domain at the company office - WORK_DOMAIN which I have a user profile and regular user priveleges that allow me access to my work email server, the print server etc etc. - usual office type stuff.
I also have guest access to client networks CLIENT_DOMAIN_1 to CLIENT_DOMAIN_n which allow me the use of their print servers and access to the internet so that I can access my work and home email servers, ftp servers etc etc. (I don't need to log onto their domains, I can do just by logging on to my local machine instead of selecting a domain, so no big deal on this one it doesn't affect the other two.)
I have different user accounts on my home and office domains, and 1 laptop which is set up with all my working applications etc.
I realise I would have to have 3 separate profiles, which isn't a huge deal as I'd only have to set each profile up once, I'm not really concerned about this. I store my profile on a different partition from my o/s anyway, so I can hook each profile up with the same settings without too much of a fuss.
Is there a way to mod the list at logon so I can pick which of these two domains I want to logon at login time? I've seen that there are some pieces of 3rd party software that claim to do this, but I would have thought that this would be a feature that Microsoft would include with their product even if solely for the purpose of mobile users & consultants which make up a sizeable portion of the industry. I notice that the experts say that Windows was purposely designed NOT to do this, but I see a specific business need for this kind of functionality, and I would like to find a workable solution that doesn't require me installing multiple instances of Windows.