Want a simpler way to log off domain acct and then log on to a local acct.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by OscarVogel, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest

    The Vista machine is a member of the domain.

    The User logs on as "cci\<user name>".

    But he sometimes likes to log off and log back on LOCALLY as "<computer

    We don't want to use "user switching".

    Here's the problem: When the user logs out of his domain acct, he then must
    remember to type "<computer name>\Test" in order to logon. This is a
    manager who doesn't know what his computer name is and doesn't want to know.

    Is there some way to simply ave two icons on the logon window. One for the
    domain acct ("cci\<user name>") and the other for the local acct ("<computer
    name>\Test"). So that when he boots up the computer he has those two icons
    to chose from. I guess it would look something like what he'd see if the
    computer was a member of a workgroup, except here there would be icons for a
    local and a domain acct.
    OscarVogel, Apr 11, 2007
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  2. OscarVogel

    POP Guest

    Sorry, no solution... but why on earth would someone want to logon to local
    machine when it is member of domain..

    Can play havoc with AD and is a security risk..
    POP, Apr 11, 2007
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  3. OscarVogel

    POP Guest

    Also wont have access to network resources... (ok this can get by in some
    areas having username and password same as domain account.).. but why ?
    POP, Apr 11, 2007
  4. OscarVogel

    xfile Guest

    At home - workgroup; at office - domain.

    Happen all the time.
    xfile, Apr 12, 2007
  5. OscarVogel

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> "xfile"
    Again, why?
    DevilsPGD, Apr 12, 2007
  6. OscarVogel

    POP Guest

    Hi Xfile..

    With XP onwards you do not need to logon locally, it caches domain info. If
    you have offline folder redirection then when at home logon to domain you
    can still access work files, logon locally you cannot.

    The OP said sometimes user wants to log off and then logon locally... I am
    assuming this is whilst still in office.
    POP, Apr 12, 2007
  7. OscarVogel

    xfile Guest

    Maybe you have a domain at your home but I and many don't so we use
    xfile, Apr 12, 2007
  8. OscarVogel

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Same question as POP - Why? I have a laptop joined to my domain. I always
    log on with my domain credentials. During the course of a day I may be
    connected to several different networks, some domain based, some workgroup
    based, and some not even Windows based. I can still access network resources
    on all of them.
    Kerry Brown, Apr 12, 2007
  9. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest

    Thanks for responding.

    The reason the user wants log on locally is because he's a software
    developer. He want's to be able to run tests as a local User. (His own
    personal domain user account is a local administrator).

    So I'm trying to make it as simple as possible for him to log off of his
    domain account and log on to a local User account.

    If the 2 icons are not possible, I'd be satified if I could get a Windows
    2000 style logon screen where he can click on an errow to change his
    "domain" to his local computer. At least he won't have to type in this
    computer name. It there any way to get that old Windows 2000 style of logon

    (Maybe ideally he should run have a seperate lab computer to use for
    testing. But that's a different issue. )
    OscarVogel, Apr 12, 2007
  10. OscarVogel

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Look at doing the testing in a virtual machine. Virtual PC 2007 is free.
    Kerry Brown, Apr 12, 2007
  11. OscarVogel

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <e$> "xfile"
    Actually I do -- But even when I'm not near my domain, I still always
    use my domain credentials.
    DevilsPGD, Apr 12, 2007
  12. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest

    I will take your advice and download Virtual PC 2007. That may be the best
    answer. I'm wondering if we would need to purchase an additional Vista
    license for that. That would be a huge negative.

    In response to the "Why?" question;

    The user got this new Vista PC for two reasons.
    First; to make sure that
    the new version of the software he's developing will be compatable with
    Secondly, because he happens to have needed a new computer.

    So I built the PC, installed Vista and main his domain user account a local

    Then he said he wants to test his software as a regular user, meaning not an

    So I desided to set up a new local user called "Test". I could have set up
    a domain "Test" user but thought that keeping it local might help him to
    rule out any domain issues. (Right? or Wrong?. I'm not sure.) Would have
    a domain User acct be just as valid for his tests as a local User account???
    It WOULD make the logoff/logon a little simpler because he wouldn't have to
    type in his computer's name ("<computer>\Test") since the "Other" button
    assumes that the Other user will be logging on to the domain.

    And if the domain User acct would be just as valid of a test as the local
    User acct, then would using "Switch User" (instead of logging off) also be
    as valid??? That would make it a little simpler too. (Simple is important
    in this particular situation.)

    I appreciate all feedback, etc.
    OscarVogel, Apr 12, 2007
  13. OscarVogel

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Virtual PC is the way to go for testing. Because of group policy a domain
    based computer may work differently than a workgroup based computer.
    Unfortunately yes you need another Vista license. If you are developing
    software look at purchasing an MSDN subscription. It allows you to use all
    the different OS' in virtual machines for testing. The initial cost is high
    but the benefits for a developer are many.
    Kerry Brown, Apr 12, 2007
  14. He's a software developer who has trouble logging onto his machine? I would
    think he would be able to figure this out on his own?

    Jeffrey S. Sparks, Apr 13, 2007
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