how to push AD database to an XP PC?

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
i have an XP macine which i want users to be able to log in to even if its connection to the AD controllers are not reachable and they have not logged in to this machine before, so realy what i need to do is push the whole AD database out to the XP machine.

Does anyone know how i can do this with out installing another domain controller and plugging it in tot he same switch as the as XP Box?
Question by:CraigShag
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    Expert Comment

    You can not do this...
    What you can do is install some virtualization software for your xp machine (virtual server, vmware,...) and install a DC on there. I would strongly advice against it however (unless you really have a tiny network - end even then...)

    Author Comment

    bugger i thought someone was going to say that.

    does anyone know what this thing called ADAM (Active Directory Application mode) is?
    can that not be be used to replicate the database? or does it replicate some other sort of database?

    how many times can i replicate a domin controller is the a limit?
    i may have to replicate it 20 times then comply with security policies.
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    OHH NOOO You can't push AD database to XP. I

    You can set -  offline caching(
    nteractive logon: Number of previous logons to cache (in case domain controller is not available)

     and set to maximum so that even if Domain controller is not contacting, client were able to login to system,

    Author Comment

    oh well, ill have to scrap that idea then and will have to install a virtual 2003 domain controller on the remote site.

    you see the problem i have is that in the event of the sites WAN going down we will send an engineer who has probably never been to the site before, this is why a password cache wont help us.
    any other ideas are welcome.

    thanks for your help so far ppl
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    If its admin access to the PC for the visiting Engineers why don't you use the local administrator account on the PC (the one created before it was joined to the domain) or create a new local PC account with the level of access required for maintenace by the engineer.
    Right click my Computer / Manage then users and groups and create an account there.

    You can then get the engineer to log on and work without a domain controller being available.


    Author Comment

    thats currently what we are doing but, i have been asked to get away from this and local accounts are a last resort only and are all configured differently

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