Joining Computer on Domain

Posted on 2009-02-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a laptop that i use for work that is joined to our domain at work. However, i noticed that i can still logon using the same username/password/domain even when i take the laptop home. I thought that the laptop would have to contact the domain controller before being allowed to login?
Question by:Cobra25
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    Accepted Solution

    Computers cache the last 10 logons, storing the password for the appropriate domain accounts.  Only users that previously logged in who are members of the domain, up to 10 different users, will be cached.

    This CAN be disabled, but usually isn't.
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    Assisted Solution

    It caches the login credentials.  It is by design.
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    Expert Comment

    The two responses above are correct. Just one addition --> even though it allows you to log on to the computer using the domain account, it does not automatically mean that you'll be able to access domain resources e.g. the file server.
    It's just a convenience feature to ensure people can use their computers even when the domain controller is unavailable,
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    Author Comment

    Okay, makes sense. So any user who authenticated once can take their machines home and login right?
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    Author Closing Comment

    Got the answers i was looking for.

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