Non Domain PC's and Accessing Domain resources
Posted on 2011-09-19
I will try to explain this as best I can so it makes sense as to what I am trying to see if you can achieve.
We have loads of machines on the domain in our head office, however in some of our other sites we have machines that do not sit on the domain they are meant to be like this. For the resources that need to be accessed on the domain by these PC's from time to time we have got them using Terminal Services to achieve this.
Now recently we made the move over to Windows Server 2008 and we are now using RDS. The thing we have noticed is with Windows XP machines connecting in to RDS they go to a standard login screen that albeit a few visual differences is still similar to what they are use to seeing.
However the windows 7 machines come up with a login box before an RDS window even loads up. Now this is not a massive problem apart from the fact it does confuse some users that are using both windows xp and windows 7.
The real problem is because these windows 7 machines are not on the domain you have to place the domain before your username everytime, and as there is a high rate of different users, using one particuar machine it is something that is unwanted by the user and to be honest by us because they either forget to put the domain, or they type it incorrectly.
Is there a way round this? Is it possible that I can get Windows 7 to connect to RDS in the same fashion that XP seemingly does? All failing is there someone way I can get it to auto populate the domain in front of the username before the user types his or hers username?
Any help will be gratefully receieved.