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Dual Purpose Laptop - User Profiles


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#1 Dodger57

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:53 AM

Hi all!

Had an issue and wanted to get some advice, please. We are a small office and I'm the ad hock "computer guy" but this one has me a bit stumped.

The boss got a new laptop and wants to replace his desktop PC with it - no problem. Join the domain, hook up Outlook and he's ready to go (we do not use exchange or much of the other server goodies). Well now he wants that laptop to also be his road laptop. Okay ... well I see a couple of issues here... he's not going to be able to login in to his main user account as it will be tied to the domain - right? He'll have to log into the local machine and thus will get a new desktop and all application preferences will be absent. Is this the case? If so is there a way to duplicate or sync up the user profiles between the domain account and the "away" account?

He's okay with using webmail while on the road so this local profile doesn't have to connect or sync with outlook. The only issue is having to update app preferences and such.

Any other suggestions on the best way to do this? Something really easy and low tech as both he and I are simple minded when it comes to this sort of thing. ;)

Thanks so much for the help! Hope that made sense.
Daf

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:15 PM

Actually you should not have to do anything with the laptop. No additional user account needs to be created either. Setup the laptop at the office and connect it to the domain. The laptop can then be shut down and taken anywhere. the user name and password are cached locally for the last user so he will be able to log on and off while disconnected. As a bonus since it appears you are not using anexchange server as long as he has an interent connection then Outlook should work as well.
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:39 AM

Really!?? That is good news! :) I thought it wouldn't connect since it would not be able to find the domain. I'll give it a try! Thanks for the reply.

Daf




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