In the same manner that a telephone directory resolves names to phone numbers, the Active Directory resolves the name of a network device to its network IP address. Additionally, the AD can manage other information, including user authorization credentials (for example, user name and password) that can be passed between systems that would otherwise require individual logins.
AD provides departments with a single tool for managing user accounts including user names and passwords and other network resources.
The University’s implementation of Active Directory is integral to the operation of its Central File Service and is therefore referred to as AD/CFS.
There is no charge for this service as it is provided by CCS.