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Ok so here's the scenario:

We have a two properties (hotels) that are affiliated with each other.
About four different people use laptops and work half the time at one and half the time at the other.
I am looking for a solution that allows them to log into each domain separately so they can use the network resources at the property they happen to be at that day.
In a perfect world, at login they could select the domain they'd like to log into and use their credentials to login. However, Windows only supports one domain. What would be the next best thing?

Currently they are using cached credentials from domain A when logging into domain B. They have USB printers at both. They currently are using RDP to access network resources at domain B, which is a bandaid/workaround.

I have read one thing I might try...if they have the same username/password on both domains, then they could access shortcuts to network resources I put on their desktop using the cached credentials since the username/password is the same for both sites...but there has got to be a better way.

I know nothing about domain trusts or anything like that...is this what I need to look into? If so please provide details...

Domain A is a windows 2000 domain and Domain B is windows 2003....However, in two weeks they will be on Server 2008 and I'd like to implement a solution for these users at that time.

Thanks for any suggestions/details!!
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Any chance to setup a trust between the two domains?

That should settle the permission problems, and allow for transparent connections..

If not, have you considered dual booting the notebooks depending on which entity they went to?

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I've come across the recommendation of setting up a trust, but excuse my ignorance, I don't quite know how that works. I'll read up on it....in the meantime, if you have a link or can explain how it works in a nutshell that would help.

I didn't really think about dual-booting...that would work....but I'll leave that as a last resort.

Thanks for your input thus far.
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