Creating a satellite branch, temporarily

March 15, 2018 at 14:20:29
Specs: Windows 7
A computer needs to have access to the domain controller to validate credentials whenever a new person logs into that computer.

My company uses laptops exclusively. It is frequent that due to software problems, hardware problems, dropped, forgotten, or even stolen laptops, we are required to hand out a loaner laptop which I need to log into their account to set up email, sync onedrive, send them on their way. No problem in my home office, plug in a network cable and good to go.

However, next month the company is having a conference in Las Vegas for 4 days, for which I will be providing support. With 800 employees attending, it's a matter of playing the odds that I will need to set up a loaner, or for some reason need to validate credentials.

Once we log in, we can VPN to the main office, and any apps or troubleshooting I can do is easy enough.

However, it's the loaners.. the machines that I need to validate credentials before I can VPN in (our VPN does not have the ability to launch before login)

We use Cisco Anyconnect for VPN.

I would like to be able to set up a small network with a switch and a device (be it a VPN box or a computer that can do this) that will connect that network to our home network via VPN so I can plug in a spare laptop and it will be as though I am at the home office for the purpose of initial credential validation.

Ideally I would like to simply set up a laptop as a read-only domain controller but I don't think that will be allowed for security purposes.

Anyone know of any devices or tips that can help me set up a remote branch, so to speak, for 5 days?

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April 8, 2018 at 00:07:51
I hope you got the help you needed from some other resource.

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