With more employees working remotely, IT departments need to be able to deploy new Windows 10 machines for remote domain users. Previously, users would log onto their new computer for the first time at the office which would cache the user’s credentials. When the user is remote, they can log into their domain account using the cached credentials before connecting to their domain over VPN. But how can this be handled now, when the user likely gets the new machine at home and doesn’t have the cached domain credentials? Simple.
The user settings and data can be captured from the old computer (Windows 7, 8 or 10) with Tranxition Migration Manager using a variety of methods, such as providing the tool preconfigured on a usb device for the user to run. Then on the new computer, perform the following steps:
- log on to the new computer as a local user with administrator rights
- connect to the domain through VPN
- join the computer to domain (
Settings > System > About > Join a Domain; no need to restart the computer)
- Inject the domain user with Tranxition Migration Manager so they have all their settings and data to be productive right away
- go to:
start > user > switch user
- log onto the domain user
By using switch user, vpn will stay connected while the domain user logs on for the first time. Now that the user credentials are cached, they can get back to business as usual. Many of these steps can also be scripted using powershell or batch files to further simplify the steps for the user.