Accounts in the AD2 (administrative) domain of the University’s Microsoft Active Directory are known as AD2 accounts. Staff working in administrative units may require AD2 accounts for access to certain resources, which may include the PC or Mac computer on their desk, their Microsoft Exchange email account, and other departmental resources.

AD2 accounts allow administrative units to require that staff use a separate account and password for access to departmental resources.


  • An individual AD2 account uses the person’s standard BU login name but paired with a password that is different from the Kerberos password  the person uses for authentication in other applications, such as Web login.
  • AD2 accounts can also be created for business functions and services.

Getting Started

If your department requires the use of AD2 accounts, your department’s system administrator will contact the IT Help Center to set up your access.