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    Join XP Laptop to 2 Domains?

    We have some teachers which operate in 2 different schools, with 2 different domains. Is in possible to join an XP pro laptop to more than 1 domain?

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    One PC can only authenticate to one Domain.

    You'll need something like NetSetMan Pro

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    As SYSMAN say's it's not possible.
    You need a trust between the two domains for this to work.

    Even the Netman switcher will not help you a great deal.
    It will change all the network settings, but can't help you with the Domain SID's that uniquely identify the PC to each Domain.
    You will end up with two different user profiles, files that can only be accessed by one user and not the other. It's a mess.

    You would be better off keeping the laptop in a workgroup using the netswitcher software to hop between the different workgroup names (these should match the Netbios Domain names).
    Use a local GP to lock the users down.
    Get the users to have the same username and password on the local laptop and both domains, at least that way the cached credentials will work for most resource access however several may require the DOMAIN\username to be entered to work correctly.
    Write a startup script that queries the workgroup name and maps any required drives and printers accordingly (the Netman Software looks like it might do this.)

    Not something I would want to have to do for a lot of users.

    Nice bit of Freeware SYSMAN, I have had to pay good money for Netswitcher Pro in the past and this looks like it does the same job.

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    Another option could be to use VMs

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