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Windows 7: How to join a domain via VPN


13 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
How to join a domain via VPN

We have a user who works remotely from home.

I would like to add his machine to our domain (as we do in the office) so that he can log in and operate as if he was here.

Can this be done easily?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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13 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Crabrc,

Welcome to Seven Forums,

I'm sure this will depend on the permissions and configuration of the servers but in theory, if the user is connected to the VPN then you should have remote access to the machine (providing this enabled on their machine) you should then be able just add it to the domain as you would normally.

You may have to put the fully qualified domain name in but it should work, I haven't had any issues doing that.

You may need a host entry to resolve the domain name.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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13 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi JDobbsy1987

Thank you for replying so quickly.

So am i right in thinking that a local machine in the office is required and that the remote machine
can't connect directly with the server?

Many Thanks
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13 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

The remote machine should be able connect to the servers directly.

Once added to the VPN/domain they are then on your network so they should be able to access your files shares such as:
\\<fileserver>\<sharename>\

You create a short-cut on their desktop to make it easier for them

Have you managed to add it to the domain?

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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13 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I did manage to connect it to the domain, and had it logged in as my user.
I was able to view all the server files etc. I was also logged in locally in the office.

When connecting to the domain, it asked me to provide a computer name.
I didn't really understand this question and put in my local machine name.
It worked, but it has made my local machine go a bit funny.

Hope that makes sense?

Thank you so much for your help!
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13 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I'm glad you have it on the domain...

I'm not sure about the part asking for a computer name??

When adding to the domain you should have got a box asking for credentials?
You should put a username/password of someone with the permissions to add to the domain (maybe your own)

such as:
Username: 'domain\<username>'
Password: '<your password>'

This would then of added it to the domain and there wouldnt be a need for a computer in the office?

What has happened to your computer?

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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13 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Ok, thank you.

On my computer, the programs have disappeared from Start|Programs, so have my user customized desktop icons and shortcuts. Everything works fine, i just have to start programs using Start|Run.

Strange!
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13 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

is the other user connecting to the file server via UNC or RDP?
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13 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I don't know i'm afraid. Whats the difference and how can i specify?

Many Thanks
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13 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Can you try to explain how the user is connecting to the file share now?
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