Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This is primarily a home laptop, which comes to work once in a while.

Does the laptop have to join the domain absolutely, I thought there were different ways of handling this situation.

From his laptop the user wants to be able to access the files on his desktop pc part of the domain.

Then bring the laptop back home and the laptop not depend on the work domain at all.

The DC is win2008R2 and the laptop Windows 7

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Could the laptop user just connect to his domain desktop via RDP?

He may access file shares on the domain desktop, from the non-domain laptop, provided he uses his domain credentials to connect.

share|improve this answer
+1 RDP would be much more secure. Otherwise he can just open file shares like anyone else (he just needs a L/P like jscott said). – Chris S Aug 13 '10 at 12:58
VPN + RDP would be the solution I would consider first. Plus removes some of your liability of mixing "personal and business" system support. – Bart Silverstrim Aug 13 '10 at 13:09
Had you answered in my question, I would marked you as answer (though it is already closed) – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Aug 13 '10 at 13:27

VPN + RDP is the first solution that comes to mind. As a alternative you could set up his personal laptop to have the option to boot from a VHD file with a work (domain joined) image. This has the benefit of allowing him to sync files between the 2 pcs and work offline.

share|improve this answer
interesting the vhd option, thanks – GenEric35 Aug 13 '10 at 13:32

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.