Joining Boston University’s Active Directory (AD) as an Organizational Unit (OU) offers many advantages. Three of the most popular are described below.

  • Departments no longer need to purchase and maintain Domain Controllers. Domain Controllers are centrally managed, monitored 24 by 7, and located in several geographic areas to provide redundancy and ensure reliability. Centrally maintained information is updated constantly and need not be duplicated by departments.
  • Authentication to resources such as individual and lab computers can be offered via the standard BU login name and Kerberos password, eliminating the need to create and maintain local accounts.
  • Nearly 90,000 Security Groups are automatically maintained through synchronization with information stored in Ph, Boston University‚Äôs metadirectory. Examples include groups based on department; faculty, staff, or student status; academic major; and curriculum. Security Groups are maintained for each section of each course taught each semester; membership is updated daily as students add and drop courses. OU administrators can use these automatically maintained groups to control access to resources, such as computers and files.

Begin learning

To begin learning about Boston University’s Active Directory, we recommend that you review all the information available through the navigation links at the side of this page.

Schedule a meeting

When you’re ready to meet and talk about setting up your OU, contact the IS&T AD administrators.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found in this downloadable PDF.