About Active Directory and the ADS domainActive Directory is a hierarchical collection of network resources that can contain users, computers, printers, and other Active Directories. Active Directory Services (ADS) allow administrators to handle and maintain all network resources from a single location. Active Directory is a feature primarily of Microsoft Windows, although other operating systems can participate in it to a limited degree.
The IU ADS domain (also called
ads.iu.edu) is the primary
domain in the Indiana University Active Directory, driven by the
Windows Server operating system. It provides account
authentication services. In general, you probably don't
need to know how to configure your computer to connect to IU's ADS
domain. If you are an IU employee, your departmental computing support
provider will probably configure this for you. If you are a student,
Get Connected will automate this process for Windows 8.x,
7, and Vista. If, however, you wish to configure a Windows computer to
connect to IU's ADS domain, see Configuring your Windows computer to connect to IU's ADS domain.