How to login when Domain Controller is not available?

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I have a user who uses a laptop internally when on-site. This individual will have to take the laptop home. This laptop is tied down to the domain. However, when the user takes it home, he cannot login because when he tries, the domain is not available. He can login to the laptop locally but his work files are under the other account. Makes sense?

I need the user to be able to login to the network account when off-site. PLease HELP :)
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You have to add him to a group that has group policy set to allow login without domain authentication.

Just enable cached credentials:

- Open the policy object for the ou your home users will be in and edit these keys.
- Check Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
- Check "Interactive Logon: Number of Previous Logins To Cache" (if value is set to 0 then cached credentials is disabled)

Also check....
- Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon
- Check "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" (make sure that this is either not configured or disabled)
you will need to enable cached logons:

and this is used to disable cached logons, just reverse it>

Does the laptop include a hardware switch for the wireless radio?  If so, it may actually help to temporarily disable wireless while logging in.
If the machine is not online, it should allow domain account login using cached credentials.

This should work by default...
Does the user have the same ip subnet on his home network? I've seen trouble with logins like this when this is the case.

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