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Windows 7: Authentication to domain without joining


16 Dec 2011   #1
kavermeer

Win 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
Authentication to domain without joining

I would like to authenticate to a domain server without actually joining the domain. The reason is that I would like to use the central password database, but I still want to run my own machine and not be limited by all kinds of policies.

Is this possible? If so, any idea how?

Thanks in advance for any help!


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16 Dec 2011   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kavermeer View Post
I would like to authenticate to a domain server without actually joining the domain. The reason is that I would like to use the central password database, but I still want to run my own machine and not be limited by all kinds of policies.

Is this possible? If so, any idea how?

Thanks in advance for any help!
Welcome to the Windows 7 forums.

If your trying to map a drive to a share on the server, most will let you do that by using the map option. and selecting use other userid putting your userid and password in the correct place.. If you have a userid on the server, there should be no problem.

If what you want to do is to use the Active Directory on the server, your kind of out of luck unless your an administrator on the server.

Which is it?

Rich
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16 Dec 2011   #3
kavermeer

Win 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. It's not about mapping drives or accessing shares, it's really about authentication. To prevent people from having to keep passwords in sync, I'd like to authenticate a user to the active directory when they login on a non-domain Windows system.

The reason I thought this should technically be possible (at least on the server/domain side) is that I also run some Linux systems, on which I seem to be able to get Kerberos tickets and use that for authentication. As I'm not an administrator on the domain, I have not added the Linux system to the domain, but the authentication works anyway.

Is there any other way to do what I want to do?
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18 Dec 2011   #4
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Hint, search on LDAP and see if this might be the area that you can proceed with.

Not sure but something tells me that it could be.

Rich
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18 Dec 2011   #5
kavermeer

Win 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't think using LDAP will solve my problem. But, very atypical for me, I decided to not be stubborn and to search for it anyway, and I stumbled upon pGina. It is a authentication system with plugins, one of which is for LDAP. That one allowed me to find it, but then it turns out that there is also a plugin for Kerberos.

I haven't tested anything yet, but it seems like it might be a solution. I'll try to find some time to experiment. Thanks for the help!
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19 Dec 2011   #6
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Remember Kavermeer, Pay it Forward with knowledge.. glad to have gotten you on the right track.
rich
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