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Setup Windows Profiles for remote users

Some users in my environment are laptop users that work remotely and are hardly ever on the local area network of our company. They run Outlook locally on their laptop and then access published apps over the internet through Citrix.

The challenge right now is setting up their profiles after we get their new laptop and image it.

- is there any reason to join these systems to a domain if they're hardly ever going to be on the local network? they can't receive updates via WSUS this way, so they only get updates when they plugin to the LAN at a remote branch once every couple months.

- is there a way to setup their domain profile without knowing their username/password? this way I can setup their Outlook for Http Exchange mail profiles.
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Scott ThomsonCommented:
Hrrm. all i can offer is a suggestion from the way we set up profiles here at my work

we image the laptop which automatically joins it to the network/domain.
then depending if the user is a work or depot user (as we have many people like you) we create them a head office account (as they dial in using a telstra modem using vpn) but we also create them a local account on the machine  **this only applies if you want them to connect sometimes**

The Real Helpful Info::

right click on my computer (under your cridentials is fine) select manage > users and groups & CREATE USER

you can then log this user in (using the password you give them) set up their mail. and then give them the details

this is also handy for if the user happens to forget these details you can have a spreadsheet handy with the details

but should solve the issues..
let me know if you need more info or specifics
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garryshapeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information.
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