ITS supports an enterprise active directory service which applications can use to authenticate users who present their VUnetID and ePassword. This directory service is a highly available redundant service that is integrated with the centralized identity management service. Active Directory service points and nodes are located in several areas to support both campus and medical center applications.
Applications which utilize standard Microsoft processes, such as the DS Locator service, for automatically locating appropriate and available domain controllers and which adhere to modern Microsoft security protocols, such as Kerberos, are appropriate for the Enterprise Active Directory Service. Applications which must be configured with a specific Directory Server name and/or IP address, use outdated and insecure security protocols or simply need to provide auhentication services and do not need access to domain resources should consider using the Enterprise LDAP service.