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Adding PC to the domain at the main offiice via a Small business server VPN connection

I have setup a vpn connection to my SBS2003 server using the wizards. I have downloaded the connection manager setup file from the remote web workplace and its connects to the main network OK.

I was just wondering, is there a way to add the remote machine to the domain using this VPN connection. Obviously at the moment the VPN connection only becomes active after the user has logged into his PC locally then activates the VPN connection using the desktop icon.

Or do I have to take a different appraoch to this.
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roy_batty
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tigermattCommented:
Do you mean you want to create the VPN connection then log the user on? If so:

Since the machine is a member of the domain, you can use an option at logon called "Log on using dial up connection" (don't worry, it works for VPN too) which will initiate the VPN and then log the user on with the connection to the network. You need to make sure your VPN connection is created so it is a machine wide one or can be used by any user.

Then, when you go to logon, click the Options button on the logon box  Tick the box Log on using dial-up connection and press the OK button to logon. You will get a box with a selection of connections - pick the one which is the VPN one and accept it. The connection will be established then user logged on.
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Zenith63Commented:
Not quite sure what you're asking for but here are some possibilities -

If the PC is not part of the domain and you want to add it you just need to connect the VPN then add the PC to the domain as you would if you were in the office.  The VPN will have all the DNS server addresses etc. it needs so the domain joining process will work exactly as though you are on the network, if a bit slower.

As for logging on in future remember Windows doesn't actually need to talk to a domain controller when you log in to Windows, your logon credentials are cached.  So even with the laptop disconnected from the VPN/Internet the user will be able to log in to their domain account on the laptop.  Then when the user gets logged in you can have a VPN connection icon on the Desktop to connect the VPN if they want to access resources on the business LAN.  If they don't want to access stuff in the office they don't dial the VPN.
The other option is to do as tigermatt said, but I'm not sure there is any need to be dialling the VPN every time the user wants to use the laptop.
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tigermattCommented:
The advantage to dialling the VPN before logging on is that the user's profile will be downloaded from the server, so say they used another workstation in the office, changed their profile or some other setting then used their laptop elsewhere, they could update their profile by dialling VPN first. By connecting the VPN after logging on, obviously it uses the cached profile on the workstation from the last logon with a DC present.
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Zenith63Commented:
Very true, if you're using roaming profiles that makes a lot of sense!
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roy_battyAuthor Commented:
Spot on mate. It is now working a treat.
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tigermattCommented:
Brilliant, thanks for the points!
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