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Join multiple domains and a workgroup in Windows 8

I am an instructor and need to periodically access two domains as well as my workgroup at home.  Even when I right-click the computer link and go to properties, the option to change to a domain is greyed-out despite that I am the admin.  To make matters worse, I would prefer to keep the same desktop also.  How can I accomplish this?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Thank you both!  Are you saying that I can 'connect' individually to network resources without 'joining' the domain?  If so, that is fantastic news.
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"But that is more a political issue than a technical one"

But a very HOT one. It is more of a security issue than a political issue.
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Outstanding!  Thanks for all the help
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@frugalmule - Thanks very much and I was happy to help. ... Thinkpads_User
Ted Penner

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I am trying to access a printer on a domain when my computer is on my home workgroup.  I have a \\print_server_name but the only message I get when putting that into the run line is that windows can't access it.
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Try opening the printer dialogue box and then add a network printer. You might find it easier to point the the IP address of the printer as that will be exact.

Per my earlier posts, when I am at a client and map resources, I can (and do) use their printers.

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I have tried that.  I also pinged the IP and it cannot be found.  It appears that unless I am directly joined to the domain, I can't even see the IP.  Still trying to find a way around this.
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I am the admin of this PC but unfortunately, this is all I get http://screencast.com/t/ziH0ixQv
John

Make sure when you are not on the domain that you are on the same subnet as the domain.

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hmm,

My subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 and theirs is 255.255.254.0.

Are you saying that I need to change mine?
Can I change mine without messing up my ability to access my home network?
John

The IP you posted allow 510 connections.  See:

http://www.techexams.net/forums/ccna-ccent/61837-can-anyone-explain-subnet-255-255-254-0-a.html

Can you use this?   Probably.

What you need to see is what IP the printer has. It may be above 4th octet and if so, that is wy you cannot map it.

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wolfcamel

the problem that you  posted the image for..
are you using windows 8 Pro? as the standard edition is like "home" edition and cant join a domain..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions 


on the note of your ip address/subnet mask etc..your best/most versatile option is to use DHCP - then you will get will get the correct address/subnet/gateway and DNS at each site.


if you cant connect to \\printservername  (assuming this is a machine that has the printer shared) - then this is most likely due to using the wrong DNS. As above DHCP is your best option.
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