A while back I was making tutorials which required taking a screen dump of specific windows dialog boxes. In order to get to those dialog boxes I had to setup a separate windows active directory server, then switch the windows client from a workgroup to the newly created domain. The windows controls would then un-gray, allowing me to click them and open the relevant dialog boxes.
While this worked, it was very time consuming and tedious so I am wondering if there is a way to either:
A: spoof the domain server (but not making a separate OS or VM)
B: spoof windows into being connected to a domain which has no domain server.
The latter might be possible, because I noticed that when I shut down the server, the client was still on a domain, it just could not log onto the user profile that was on the server and instead logged onto its local profile under a different user account.
This got me thinking that surely there must be some registry entry somewhere which for example gets flipped from two settings, those being 0 for workgroup and 1 for domain. There should also be a string value in regedit for defining the domain name too, since in system properties you have to manually type the domain name and then windows will check if it matches a valid domain name on the network, in my case, the domain name of the server.
Maybe there is a tool for this instead of a registry modification but it would be cooler to be able to do it natively in windows, without 3rd party tools.