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When I am on my local network I log into a computer that is added to a domain. This creates a local user profile with my documents, desktop etc. Problem is that I am unable to login to this account when not connected to internet. Is there some way to override this or do I need to have two accounts - one local and one for a domain?

thank you

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To be clear your sat at your computer, your computer is part of a domain and you leave the network and you can no longer log in? or is it something else? – squarebear Jan 13 '12 at 10:21
Where is your Domain Controller located? Is it LAN (as in the same building) or is it a remote server only accessible over a WAN (in this case the Internet)? – Moif Murphy Jan 13 '12 at 12:16

It is a policy that is set on the domain controller. If your system admin has set it then it will only allow logons when connected to the DC. You would need to log on to a local account if this is the case.

It all depends on whether the Laptop caches user logon credentials which is set at domain level using a group policy setting.

Your best course of action is to speak to your IT Dept and get them to confirm if this should be the case and if so then why.

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Sounds like you're after a 'roaming' profile rather than the standard you have.

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It has nothing to do eith roaming or standard user profiles, it is to do with whether the user login credentials are cached for offline use or not. – Joe Taylor Jan 14 '12 at 9:30
My 'answer' is in simple laymans terms lol – HaydnWVN Jan 19 '12 at 12:36
Then it has nothing to do with that in simple laymans terms either ;-) A standard profile is stored on the machine a roaming profile is stored on the server. Best for this OP is a standard (local) profile and cached credentials. – Joe Taylor Jan 19 '12 at 14:55

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