System administrators will now have the ability to more effectively manage department resources. The AD can also help secure the desktop computers in the department and protect valuable data.
Active Directory is Microsoft’s trademarked directory service, an integral part of the Windows Server architecture. Like other directory services, Active Directory is a centralized, standardized system that automates network management of user data, security and distributed resources, and enables interoperation with other directories.
Active Directory provides Windows-based authentication and authorization services for any system designed for that platform. LDAP authentication is also possible with Active Directory with limited support. Active Directory also contains directory information for individuals and resources managed by the domain, as well as group policy management of those resources and users.
Services that are accessed directly via Active Directory credentials include: Uniprint, General Purpose Classroom and Lab equipment, SharePoint, Faculty/Staff Office 365.