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I need to set up a user's laptop so she can have just ONE username/logon for both the office domain and when she is mobile (disconnected from the office network)

dgower asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-10

I have a user who uses her laptop exclusively as her office and travel computer.  I need her to have only ONE username/logon whether she's logging into the office network (Windows 2003 domain) or away from the office (just logging in locally to the laptop itself).  She needs to see the same profile and the same data whether she's on the office network or off it.  This is especially true of her POP3 Outlook calendar and contacts.  

I have this working for another user who has an IBM Thinkpad (although I don't understand why it works).  However I can't figure this out for this other user.  She has a fairly new Sony VAIO laptop running Windows XP.  The exact model is a Sony VAIO VGN-FS750P/W, if that helps at all.

Is a "single logon" something that can be configured from within Windows?  Or is this a feature only offered by certain laptop makers?

Thanks for any help.

Doug Gower
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Thanks.   This looks promising.  I will try this when I am at the client's site later this week.

well as far as i have experienced, when i login to Domain 2 or 3 times successfully the password gets stored in to the laptop i mean after successfull logins to domain i can use the same password to logon at my home with out the availability of Domain, basically i have T43 IBM, i use Biometric to logon to windows. ( biometric is configured to log me in to domain), so even if i m not connected to domain, I use same credentials to logon to same profile.
So try giving credentials of Domain's user (while unplugged from domain) and see if it works.

Like webadmin said,  one you log in a few times you'll be able to log in using "cached credentials" even if DC is not available.  Just takes a few seconds longer.    
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Hi Doug:
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Top Expert 2007

Thank you.  Glad my suggestion helped.


Should have submitted you sooner.  I lost track of this query.  Thanks, belatedly.
Top Expert 2007

No problem, you'd be amazed at how many posts go longer than this.  
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