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Can I setup a custom taskpad to access from a laptop that is not on the domain, but is on the network?

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Hi,
Here is the setup I have.

Laptop with Windows XP Pro, that is not added to the domain, so the user is logging into the laptop with his local account on the laptop.  The laptop is on the network.

Is it possible to setup a Custom TaskPad to allow this user / laptop to access certain OU's in the AD to say reset account passwords?

If so, could you give me details?

Thanks.

Bob
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by:rsnellman
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Or will I have to add the laptop to the domain in order for a custom taskpad to work for resetting account passwords in the ADUC?
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The ADUC console requires the user to be logged on with a domain account to do anything useful with it.
A solution that wouldn't require the notebook to be joined to the domain is to install a virtual machine on the notebook, join the virtual machine to the domain, and do the maintenance on the VM (apart from the obvious method of connecting to a domain machine through RDP).
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by:Americom
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If you can join the computer to the domain it would make things easier.
If for what ever reason you can't then you still can create customized mmc console like the taskpad and use the "run as" and specify a domain user account and password to run it. To be able to run the taskpad, you need to also install the adminpak on the computer assuming your taskpad console is basically running the ADUC gui.
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You can't use "runas" with a domain user on a machine that isn't a member of the domain; how would the machine be able to authenticate the account?
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oBdA is correct, the computer must be in the domain to authenticate the account.
RunAs works when the computer is a member of the domain, it work even when you logged on to a domain member computer with a non-domain account. But the computer must be a member of the domain. Thanks for the correction, my bad.
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So, I must add the laptop to the domain and make it a passthrough on my wireless network so it can log into that domain account when it boots up.

Hmmmm...just was hoping not to add it but not a big deal.

Thanks to all.

Bob
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