Accessing shared network drives from a computer outside of AD

You can access Active Directory-managed drives from any computer, be it in an office, residence hall, or even off campus. Note that if you are off campus, you will generally need to connect to the VPN first, by logging in at If you’re connecting with a Mac, you can also use the built-in Mac OS X VPN client. Intructions are available for:

What is Active Directory?

Active Directory (AD) is Microsoft’s network directory service, a centralized system that simplifies management of user accounts and computing resources. At Boston University, AD allows people to use BU login names and Kerberos passwords to access shared departmental resources, such as shared network drives. Faculty and staff who would like more information about Active Directory at Boston University may be interested in more detailed information about the University-wide Active Directory infrastructure.