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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.
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Dont know much about domains but ill give it a go anyways..... cant you just use the same username throughout? and the logon should give you a dropdown list to select which domain to logon to? and cant you just get the domains to use your local desktop when you logon so that you could ever keep just 1 desktop. Presumably there would be certain apps running from the servers that would mean you would need multiple shortcuts sometimes for the same (apparent) application
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It doesn't quite work like that - when you log onto your system, you need to choose the domain from the dropdown list to get domain user priveleges on that network - so while this would work fine on my home network where I can mess with domain priveleges however I please and on client networks where I only need guest access to get internet/print server access, it wouldn't work on my office network where I need domain user privelege to access my shares on the network, the print servers, internet access etc.  It wouldn't be a problem if I could get the Windows installation to recognise multiple domains and log onto the one that I choose at that time.

The only way (apparently) you can get extra domains to show in that list is if you're logging onto a domain that has mutual trust relationships with other domains.  Each domain that has a mutual trust relationship with the domain that your computer is hooked up to will show up in the list.  Great if you don't mind everyone at your company rooting around on the shares on your home network - that's IF network security don't mind setting up a mutual share with your home network on their domain (which I don't see happening somehow).

I found a piece of software called Mobile Net Switcher which seems to do a portion of what I want, but it seems a little sketchy to me - I suspect it's because it doesn't load until after Windows has fully booted and logged on.  I would like a more integrated solution, but if this is all that there is, then I guess I'll have to live with this.
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perhaps you dont need to logon to the domians at all??

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20943204.html
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