Two domain laptops at remote office

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January 3, 2011 at 14:00:14
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I have auditors who go to remote offices. They take their domain laptops with them. Sometimes connected to a LAN, sometime not. Using either a cross over cable or a small hub, how do you go about connecting the two? Seems like it should be EZ. In the end I need to be able to share a folder and have both machines see it. A piece of software installed locally on each laptop will use the files within that folder. I would very much like to avoid having to take the machines off the domain and onto worksgroups. Any ideers????

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#1
January 4, 2011 at 07:18:03
I read your post yesterday but I just thought of something today. Suppose they carried Live CDs with them? They could boot with the Live CD & connect to the outside network.

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January 4, 2011 at 07:47:17
I am thinking in terms of some mechanism in the OS. Besides, the drives are encrypted.

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#3
January 4, 2011 at 08:43:18
The laptops should have local accounts. You should have the dropdown choice of logging into the machine locally or into the domain. Is this option not available?

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#4
January 4, 2011 at 15:42:36
There is, and, for testing at least have logged on as the local admin. I can see shares for printers and devices, but no file shares. Turned off the firewall to test. No joy. Tried a hub, tried a cross over. I am not 100% sure that it isn't some goofy policy or security issue, the admin b4 me had some weird perspectives on making his life as EZ as possible.

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#5
January 4, 2011 at 16:27:47
local admin password the same on both?

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#6
January 5, 2011 at 06:11:34
Yep, same password. For testing I have been using the Administrator (local) account. And actually these two machines came from the same image. When I try to connect via Net Neighborhood I get the "no machine to sevice the logon..." I did see a reference to using UNC and will try that. Maybe that's the simple answer. I'm baffled, this should be EZ.

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#7
January 5, 2011 at 07:54:21
review what services are started. otherwise sounds like a policy is blocking/disabling networking. review the firewall settings.

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#8
January 6, 2011 at 17:48:13
Not the solution you are looking for but their is cool program called TeamViewer you may wish to check out especially for the laptops

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