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Benefits of Having Your Computer in Active Directory

Windows 2003 Active Directory is designed for distributed networking as a centralized place to store information about network resources and users and is one of the basic building blocks for the University of Memphis Information Technology community. The vision is for each department, division and college to be a part of the community. As in any community, the organization is only as strong as the members that participate.

The goal of the Information Technology Department (ITS) is to provide the resources and services to best serve the entire community. Active Directory enables ITS to provide the following services:

Current Benefits of Active Directory
  • Universal User ID's (UUID) are synchronized with Active Directory so that users can log into computers with the same username and password that is used elsewhere.
  • Creating and maintaining local user accounts is no longer necessary for workstations.
  • Forgotten desktop passwords can be changed by going to
  • Computer policies can be set at the college, division or department levels to automatically update and secure workstations.
  • Sharing resources such as files and printers is easier because Active Directory users have access to all UUIDs and groups to set permissions. The creation of local user accounts for sharing is no longer necessary.
  • Since Exchange is integrated with Active Directory, it is no longer necessary to provide usernames and passwords to access Outlook on workstations that are members of Active Directory.

Upcoming services that ITS is planning to provide for Active Directory users:
  • Additional Training for LSP's to take advantage of the tools that Active Directory can provide:
    • How to use Group Policies
    • User and Group Management
    • Training requested by LSP's
  • Software deployed to the computers ‘anytime, anywhere' through the use of Softricity
  • Windows Updates to keep computers patched automatically
  • Symantec Antivirus to protect the computers
  • Any additional services and resources as requested by members of the Active Directory community



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Learning Events

The material below originates from the training given by ExecuTrain to the LSP support community:


Active Directory Rollout 2006
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