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Accessing resources on a remote Windows 2003 Domain and a Home Workgroup

Posted on 2005-05-13
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have just been given the task of implementing a simple Windows 2003 domain at work, but I have some concerns about maintaining the level and simplicity of remote users' access to network resources.  Currently we have a basic Workgroup which all local computers are members of.  Additionally, remote users (running Windows XP Pro on identically named workgroups) connect over a Sonicwall VPN to the work network, to access the fileserver etc.  My concern is, once I implement the domain, how will this affect the remote users?  I assume that they will have to be members of the domain in order to access it's resources?  If so, how will this affect their access to the resources on their home workgroups?  The situation I want to avoid is the remote users having to join the domain to access resources there, and then having to disjoin the domain to join the workgroup so that they can print and access other local resources.

Can anyone help me out on this?
Question by:stevenbell

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blin2000 earned 2000 total points
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For the VPN clients, they don't need to join the domain. What they need to do is logon the VPN using the username and password matching the domain username and password. this may help, quoted from http://www.howtonetworking.com/domainfaqs.htm

How to access different domain without changing the network settings

 To use a laptop to access to different domain without changing the domain settings, logon local machine (instead of domain) using your domain logon ID that also are created on your local computer. If it is possible, you may create the same logon id and password on all domain so that you always are able to access the domain you are connecting to. Also you may want to create one batch file like logon.bat with domain logon ID and password to map network drives.


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This sounds promising!  I'm doing the upgrade this weekend, I'll give it a try once everything is set up and let you know if it worked.

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