Laptop needs workgroup at home and a domain at the office

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by haslamjd, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. haslamjd

    haslamjd Guest

    Somewhere this issue has happened many times before. I don't know how or what
    to search for to get the answer, as I have tried Google, MS search and now
    TechNet searches. Nothing has provided an answer for my need. I hope you all
    can help me.

    I have a user that has a laptop set with a workgroup that he uses at home to
    share a printer and to share files with another desktop in his home office
    via wireless. He now needs me to connect this XP PRO laptop to the SBS 2003
    domain at work. I am afaid of losing his settings for his workgroup at home
    when I finally connect him to the domain. (He is going to also use VPN while
    out on the road to connect to the office domain!)

    Question: How do I make both of these worlds work together on his laptop?

    [BTW - did I mention that this is my boss, the owner of the company, the guy
    who signs my paycheck!] Gulp!
    haslamjd, Jul 4, 2007
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  2. Henry Craven {SBS-MVP}, Jul 4, 2007
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  3. haslamjd

    hamish Guest

    I have a similiar config where i have multiple networks 2 or 3 that are at
    clients and my home i have used a little app for a year or so and found it
    to be handy it is free and would do what you need.

    link for info on it is at , let me know how
    you get on

    hamish, Jul 4, 2007
  4. Hamish it says it's E24

    Is that just to remove the start up screen?


    Russell Grover
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    support @ SBITS.Biz
    Remote SBS2003 Support

    Russ Grover \(SBITS.Biz\), Jul 5, 2007
  5. haslamjd

    Ian G Guest

    you can make an alternative configration on the laptop.

    go to the TCP/IP properties in network connection. double click TCP/IP.
    should be a tab there Alternate Configuration, enter your ip address, gatway,
    dns etc


    when you login offline the laptop will use the alternative config leaving
    your office config as is.


    keep on rockin in the free world

    Ian G
    Ian G, Jul 5, 2007
  6. haslamjd

    haslamjd Guest


    Do I already need to have the laptop added to the domain before running this
    application, or does it make the additions for you?

    My concern is that when I join the laptop to the domain he will then lose
    his workgroup settings and connections.

    Thank you for bringing this product to my attention.

    haslamjd, Jul 5, 2007
  7. haslamjd

    haslamjd Guest

    Ian G,

    I tried to look into this and there wasn't anything that states an
    "alternative configuration" statement on any of the screens that I can find
    in the TCP/IP section. The laptop is running a Windows XP Pro SP2 OS. Am I
    looking in the wrong place?

    haslamjd, Jul 5, 2007
  8. haslamjd

    haslamjd Guest

    I think for 45 days it is free (a trial), then you need to pay in Euros.


    it is free
    haslamjd, Jul 5, 2007
  9. Properties of 'network connections'
    Properties of Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)
    Alternate Configuration TAB

    BrianMultiLanguage, Jul 6, 2007
  10. And... the "Alternate Configuration" tab is only available if the primary
    TCP/IP configuration uses DHCP to obtain an IP address automatically.

    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]

    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Jul 6, 2007
  11. haslamjd

    haslamjd Guest

    Aha, that is why..thanks. We are using static IP addresses due to a $75K
    color laser printer that only identifies our workstations via static IP.
    You'd think for that kind of money it should also deliver the copies I print
    back to my desk! ;-)
    haslamjd, Jul 6, 2007
  12. haslamjd

    Ian G Guest

    good one Merv!

    Thanks a Million!

    keep on rockin in the free world

    Ian G
    Ian G, Jul 10, 2007
  13. what brand/model color laser pritner are you using? I have configured
    several large color laser printer/fax/scanner systems with SBS2003 servers,
    and have never had the requirement to establish static IP addresses for the

    why do you think you need to do that?
    Kevin Weilbacher, Jul 11, 2007
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