UMD Active Directory
Active Directory (AD) is a directory of people, computers, and groups that provides a way to manage computer policies and permissions. Through Active Directory services, we are able to provide desktop authentication to the network using your University ID (X.500), eliminating the need for a separate workstation or other account (like Novell) and password.
AD also provides the ability to easily share and update standardized security policies with workstations on our network, in compliance with University policy. Through Active Directory services, we can also provide managed data storage and network printing.
In summary, Active Directory services at UMD include:
- Desktop authentication using your University Internet ID and password
- To connect your Windows or Macintosh computer to Active Directory services, you will sign in using your University Internet ID (X.500) and password. Customers will no longer need to remember a separate workstation password.
- Security policies
- Workstations connected to the Active Directory service will automatically receive updated security policies, ensuring that all computers are compliant with current University security policies.
- Departmental and individual file storage
- Active Directory file storage provides secure, backed up file storage that is accessible from any computer on the University network.
- Network printing
- Network print queues are easily set up using the standard Windows printer wizard. If desired, department printers can be "pushed" out to all AD workstations in a department.
Rev: 09.7.12 sab