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For what I've been reading in several similar questions, it seems to me that this is actually a featured designed to work in the way that I'm seeing it, but part of it still does not seem right.

So, I work remotely and I connect through VPN software to my company's network, on which I have access to several shared resources, servers and such. For all of those, I use my domain login and password: mycompany\myuser.

However, when I need to manage resources, (for example, AD groups I own) and I want to add a user to them, the user search functionality from Windows will only allow me to search on my local machine or my local domain. Is there any workaround on this?

My solution so far has been bringing up another machine which is joined to the domain (so, I login into it with my domain username and password) and I'm able to manage the resources. Sometimes I may not have the chance to bring up this machine, and I would like to know if there is any workaround on that.

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At the worst, you could use "Active Directory Users and Computers":

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887

I couldn't seem to find a way to add another domain to the list for the "Search Active Directory" feature. But you can add whatever domains you want to ADUC. Hope that helps.

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Got the tools installed and active, but I can't get to manage anything. Should I be a domain admin to be able to do this? –  Alpha Aug 6 '12 at 18:59
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I've also had that problem before. I solved it by adding the Domain Server to my DNS.

  1. Go to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections
  2. Right click on the connection you are using.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 then Properties.
  5. Add the ip address for the Domain Server as the Preferred DNS server. (you may need to restart your computer for the changes to take affect)

    DNS

Note: You will also want to add your current DNS to the list as well.

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