Laptop: On both a workgroup and a domain - Help please.

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Dave, Jul 13, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Have a user (and he is one of the bosses and an IT
    junkie..the dangerous kind...with a little knowledge) and
    he uses a laptop to access the work enviroment. He also
    has a network at home that he uses the laptop to access.
    The problem is that once he has hooked his laptop up to
    the domain (work enviroment)his home workgroup disapears
    from his computer. He has 2 profiles one for each
    enviroment. When he logs onto the home enviroment he can
    still access the network however he must know the exact
    address (\\home\backup\personal etc). If he opens up the
    network it is showing the work enviroment.

    Is there anyway to enable these 2 enviroments to co-
    exsist? Thanks in advance and I hope the above makes
    Dave, Jul 13, 2004
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  2. Hi Dave,

    Go to and have a look at MultiNetworkManager. Or let him
    change his home workgroup to the same name as your sbs-domain.
    Marina Roos [SBS-MVP], Jul 13, 2004
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  3. Dave

    Trevor Home Guest


    I'm not sure I understand why one profile disappears. Workgroups and
    domains can co-exist without anything special. You just have to pick the
    right one in the drop down list when logging on. Of course, if he has
    another domain at home and not just a workgroup, it could be a completely
    different issue. But, by default, he will have a profile for his workgroup
    and another for his domain. Can you clarify again whether that is the case
    or not?

    Trevor Home, Jul 13, 2004
  4. Dave

    Guest Guest

    Hi Trevor
    Thanks for the response. Yes there are 2 profiles, one
    for work and one for home. Yes the home network is a
    workgroup not a domain. There is a choice of which
    networks to pick at the logon screen. However no matter
    which one you choose the "Computer Name" details under
    the system tab always come up with the Domain Address not
    the Workgroup address when at home. Trevor I hope that
    has made things a little clearer and thanks again for
    your assistance. Dave
    Guest, Jul 13, 2004
  5. Dave

    Guest Guest

    Hi Marina

    Thanks for the reply. Will suggest the workgroup name
    change if all else fails and I know that he won't be
    happy if he has to pay for the software you mention below
    but at least I can give him a choice if nothing else will
    work. Cheers Dave.
    MultiNetworkManager. Or let him
    Guest, Jul 13, 2004
  6. Dave,

    (1) Did you use the connectcomputer wizard to join the laptop to the domain?
    (2) if yes, was his home workgroup migrated during the connectcomputer

    If yes, I think the connectcomputer wizard probably is the cause of the
    issue. If I remember correctly, it doesn't create a new profile, it just
    points the new profile back to the old profile. That means you'd be sharing
    a profile whether at home or at work.

    I've never tried to "solve" this problem before, so take my suggestion with

    I would remove the laptop from your domain and blow away the domain profile.
    Make sure he can still login locally with the workgroup okay. Then,
    manually add the laptop to the domain (don't use the connect computer
    wizard). You'll have to manually create all the mapped network drives and
    install all the network printers, but I don't think it will be tough for one

    Good luck, and let me know if this sounds reasonable.

    Trevor OE News, Jul 13, 2004
  7. Dave

    Dave Guest

    1. Yes
    2. Yes I think so.
    As stated earlier this user is a bit of an IT buff so he
    did the connect computer himself etc. However I am
    certain of one thing and that is that there are 2
    profiles and each are set up seperately. Just had a
    thought, do you know where in the profile the network
    settings would be?, perhaps if I just changed the
    settings this may fix it...he says grasping at staws.

    Like your idea and will give it a try but will have to
    wait until the weekend as the laptop is used in a live
    enviroment (and the owner stands over me watching
    everything!) so want to be able to take my time and do it
    properly. Thanks again for all your assistance Trevor.
    Dave, Jul 14, 2004
  8. My laptop travels with me from home to the office to client sites every day
    (all domains) - my preferred configuration is to leave the laptop in
    workgroup mode . . . I have no problem browsing / accessing network
    resources at any site. At most, all I have to do is provide a valid
    username\password for the domain the first time I attempt to access a domain
    resource . . .


    Chad A. Gross - SBS MVP
    Chad A. Gross [SBS MVP], Jul 14, 2004
  9. Dave

    Adam Selene Guest

    I've used "NetSwitcher" for years on peer-to-peer networks.. I'm not
    sure how well it handles SBS2k3 domains yet. I'll find out soon. See
    it at "". License costs $14 USD.

    I've heard about "MobileNetSwitch" but have not personally used it and
    I don't know if it really surpasses "NetSwitcher" or not. See it at
    "". License costs 24 Euros ($30 USD & change).

    I travel from client to client. All are currently peer-to-peer but I
    have my own testing domain at home. Win XP makes it a bit easier to
    move back and forth but some help is still desirable.
    Adam Selene, Jul 14, 2004
  10. I've used NetSwitcher, but I actually find leaving the laptop in workgroup
    mode easier (for me at least) :^)


    Chad A. Gross - SBS MVP
    Chad A. Gross [SBS MVP], Jul 15, 2004
  11. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Thank you everyone for replying. It is great to get so
    many positive solutions. Will check out these 2 options
    as they appear cheap and easy..hope so.
    Thanks again everyone.
    Dave, Jul 15, 2004
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