Best Practices - Mobile Domain user laptops


Can anyone let me know how to best set up AD users and policies for mobile users. who regularly take their laptops "off the network".
The users need to be able to log into thier domain accounts even if there is no connection to the domain controller.

Is this possible? whats the best way to do it?

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As long as there is a cached network user account on the laptop the user will be able to log on to the laptop using their network logn information (username, password and domain).  Of course, the will not be able to acces network resources as their is no network connection.

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chouckhamAuthor Commented:
Ok. great,
So how do i check and enable a "cached user account" ?

By dfefault Windows remembers the last 10 cached logins, unless you specifically change that number, in the registry....

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
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Personally, I am a fan of roaming profiles.....

Utilizes Offline Files so thier Data is available away from the network....

Several FAQ's on the topic....

User Profiles and Folder Redirection FAQ

Profile and Folder Redirection In Windows Server 2003

roaming profiles and folder redirection

How to use offline files in Windows XP
It will happens automatically.
In addition to having a cached account, I also have the user setup with a cached Outlook account.  That way, they have a cached copy of their Outlook Mailbox for ease in accessing everything they've already received.  I have them use Outlook Web Access (OWA) to send and received anything new to their mailbox since the last time they logged in with their laptop with a connection to the domain controller.  However, in order for the cached user account and the cached Outlook account to be created, they have to first successfully log in with the laptop that has a connection to the domain controller.
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