How can I connect one laptop to two different domains?


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Ivan Yordanov

I have a user who works for two different companies. There are two different
domains and he would like to be able to logon at both sites. One at a time.



How can I configure his laptop to connect to two different domain
controllers just by choosing the domain controller during the logon?

He is using a Dell Laptop X300, Windows XP Professional.
 
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Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

Ivan said:
I have a user who works for two different companies. There are two
different domains and he would like to be able to logon at both
sites. One at a time.



How can I configure his laptop to connect to two different domain
controllers just by choosing the domain controller during the logon?

He is using a Dell Laptop X300, Windows XP Professional.

A computer cannot belong to more than one domain at a time. If there's a
trust between the domains, both will show up in the login screen, but
otherwise, no. If this is a real need, see MultiNetworkManager from
www.globesoft.com

Frankly, though, I simply see no need for this. Why can't the user always
log into the same domain (with cached credentials when not connected on that
network) and then just access resources on any other network by passing the
credentials along? This is easier in a lot of ways - only one Windows
profile to manage, doesn't add in anything else that could possibly cause
problems. I like the KISS principle.

For example, once he has an IP address on the other domain's network, he can
map drives, connect to printers, etc. as he pleases - one way is

net use x: \\server\share /user:blush:therdomain\username

Once he's been authenticated for that share, he can connect to any other
share on that server without being prompted, within this login session. If
he needs Outlook access to an Exchange mailbox, he can have another Outlook
profile for it, have Outlook prompt him for the profile to use, and make
sure that profile is set with "logon network security=none" in the Exchange
server properties.
 

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