Let's be clear about what the employee is trying to do... he wants to
connect to a COMPUTER that is a member of a WORKGROUP from a DOMAIN
joined computer. You cannot actually "connect to WORKGROUP", because
workgroups are just common namespaces for the broadcast of computer
names. WORKGROUPS have no shared security model, and thus cannot be
The key to connecting to any Microsoft device, domain-joined or
otherwise, is to know the account name and security context to
the device to which you want to connect. To connect to a DOMAIN
resource, you would connect as "<domain_name>\<UserID>".
To connect as an account local to an individual computer, you would
instead connect as "<computer_name>\<UserID>".
For example, to connect to the computer "BobsPC" as user "jgm" in the
"CAMPUS" domain, I would provide the user credentials "CAMPUS\jgm".
If, on the other hand, I wanted to connect as the local user
"administrator" on the computer "BobsPC", I would use the credentials
I hope that helps. Short answer: "No, you do not have to leave the
domain to do this. You just have to provide credentials in the correct
Nick Ogrizovich wrote:
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employee that has a UVM laptop, that is joined to the UVM campus
domain, and the user wants to be able to connect to their home
workgroup (e.g. MSHOME). Is disconnecting the laptop from the CAMPUS
domain the only way to access resources on a MSHOME workgroup? Is there
a workaround they could employ, that would allow the laptop to keep the
campus domain settings, and somehow use the MSHOME resources?