The usual workgroup/domain access questions, but with a user profile twist
Posted on 2004-10-15
I use a laptop running XP Pro in several environments (work, university, home). Work uses a domain, University uses either a domain or a workgroup depending on the location, and home uses a workgroup.
The domain environments are typical (network printers, servers, computers). The workgroup environments are likewise typical and have shared shared folders and printers. Occasionally, the workgroup will also support a print server. Consequently, I need to join both workgroups and domains as I move about. How to do this is a basic question I see all over this site.
My wrinkle is that I need to be able to use the *same* user profile in all these seperate environments. My professional duties require that I access the tools stored in my primary (work) user profile when I'm away from the office.
As usual, if I leave my domain to join a workgroup, then I'm able to continue working with the current desktop until I reboot, then I'm dropped into a different profile and cannot reaccess my work files. I know I can just keep the computer 'joined' to the domain while I'm away, but then I cannot access any of the workgroup files or printers.
On a personal note, it seems incredulous to me that Windows does not allow a single user profile to move between domains and workgroups in a more user friendly manner. I understand the argument that once you leave a domain you need to rejoin that domain before you can access resources on that domain, but I should still be able to access the same profile space on my laptop regardless of how I log in.
I hope I've been clear with this. And thanks in advance for the help!