I have a machine here that I'm logged into as administrator. I'm connected to my work's network via VPN, and am able to join the machine to the domain.
I want to create a domain user profile on the machine, eg DOMAIN\myname, so that I can log in with it and install single user stuff. However, I can't do that if I'm not connected to the domain.
My VPN client (Cisco) doesn't support connecting before login, so is there another way that I can manually make the domain user and cache the login info, so that I can login to the domain with my user details before connecting to the actual AD controller?
Been a while but I think that you have to go through the authentication/verification process against the Domain Controller in an Active Directory environment. I believe that with administrative privileges you can create a cached profile on the local machine which you can log into when not connected to the domain but you have to be logged into the domain at the time you create it. This may help Managing User Profiles but if I am way off in left field from where you're trying to be, let me know and I'll adjust my feedback.