Active Directory

About this service

Description Active Directory provides University-wide infrastructure to authenticate customers and authorize them to access certain resources, as well as manage accounts, groups, computers, and devices.
Other names Campus AD, UOFI AD, UIUC AD
Documentation links

How to Change Active Directory Display Name 

Creating an OU in Active Directory 

How to tell if your computer is joined to Active Directory 

Active Directory Group Policy Objects 

How does my department become an OU? 

Active Directory Authentication and Authorization 

Features and tools
Active Directory Class Rosters
Class Rosters are Active Directory Security Groups based on student enrollment. This means that for every term, course, section, and division, a security group exists with all of its students as members of that group. This enables programmers and administrators to control access and authentication of electronic resources based on a student's curriculum.  AD Class Rosters are FERPA compliant. Documented FERPA training is required in order to gain access.
Other Active Directory features and tools:  Centralized configuration managemen​​​​​t using Group Policy Objects (GPOs), Organizational Unit (OU) containers with delegated rights, WINS name resolution

Getting and using this service

Who can use the service Undergraduate students
Graduate/Professional students
How to get the service Active Directory accounts are automatically provisioned to most Urbana NetIDs.  IT Pros representing units may request advanced features using an Organizational Unit (OU) container by emailing
Cost No charge
Usage constraints OU Administration limited to full-time faculty/staff. FERPA-suppression opt-in results in blank person record, group membership viewing is restricted due to FERPA.

Support and Hours

How to get help Contact the Technology Services Help Desk or email
Training and consulting opportunities None listed
Maintenance hours Redundancy affords continuous availability, but normal patch time is usually first Thursday evening of month.
Lifecycle stage Production
Provided by Technology Services
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Service ID: 158
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