Active Directory is a Microsoft or Windows-based service that allows you to securely store and organize your files and information. Once you have a username and password, you can then access your information from any workstation that has Active Directory.
Many of us are familiar with Novell, a similar directory service, when accessing the "H" and "J" drives at our workstations. Soon, Active Directory will replace Novell.
This migration from Novell to Active Directory will take several semesters because each workstation must make the transition individually.
Active Directory centralizes information and allows authorized users easy access to the files and information they need. This will also benefit Mac users because it comes with more support for Apple products. Along with ease of use, Active Directory has a password reset tool that will make it easier for you to change your password.
In Active Directory, users will see many benefits:
IT Services will be migrating departments to Active Directory in phases. All personal and shared directories will be migrated to the new Active Directory.
All departments will be notified in advance when their migration is planned. At the time of migration, all computers will be entered into the domain including department checkout laptops and kiosk machines. A schedule of the department by department migration is coming soon.
Click the links on the right for more information on Active Directory phases, and for step-by-step instructions for any troubleshooting that might arise before or after the migration.
Last updated: 02-15-2013
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