Using a domain connected laptop from home?

Microsoft Win sbs prem cal ste 2008 engl
October 23, 2010 at 16:12:26
Specs: Windows 7
Hey everyone. I'm a technical person but I'm not so much when it comes to servers with domains. Let me explain my current configuration and what I've tried and what I'm looking to do then I'll ask my question.

We have a Windows Server 2003 system to run Dynamics CRM only, it's not used as a domain controller even though it has domain installed on it. Users only access it through the web browser for CRM. My cable internet connection plugs into my router, and then my router plugs into a switch with all my computers, IP phones, server, printers etc connected to that. So DHCP, DNS, etc is all done in my router not my server.

I found if I'm on a domain that it's easier to use CRM so I set up a domain on my server, and tried to connect my personal laptop to it. The problem I had right away was that using DHCP, it shows my DNS server as my router's IP (, gateway, router IP and assigns me an IP for example. When I'd try to join the domain from my Windows 7 laptop, it gives an error about DNS. The only way to fix it was to manually set up my connection and enter my DNS server as the server (

This worked but the problem was when I'd get home, I'd have to manually change it back to DHCP, since being at home doesn't exist for DNS.

I want to get SBS 2008 and I was looking at network diagrams and I see that this time they actually show my type of configuration, with the server connected to a switch, with the router doing all the IP configurations. I don't remember seeing this type of configuration diagram when I set up 2003, it seemed like it always wanted the server to be the DHCP and do the routing.

Anyway, long story short, what I want to know is if in the office, I run the http://connect site on each of my users laptops and have them join the domain, what happens when they get home? Are they forced to log into a local user account, meaning they can't access files saved on say the desktop of their domain user account? Or can they log in to their domain account? I just don't want switching to a domain to really mess up all their systems and how they work. Thanks so much everyone hope I didn't ramble too much.

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November 10, 2010 at 12:34:40
Just configure a virtual IP on your NIC
Use DHCP for original IP and manual for virtual IP

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