Getting Your Computer Ready
for the Active Directory
By Ethan Froese & Joe
Every morning when
you start your computer, you type in your network password and login
to the Extension domain. Next, you double click the Outlook icon
and are presented with another password to the
um-users* domain. Soon that will change and you will just use
one password to login for network and email access.
The University of
Missouri is moving towards a combined user account and resource
system called the Active Directory. You currently login to the Extension
domain which contains no information about your email account. Once
you login to the Extension domain and click on the Outlook icon,
you are logging into a different domain called um-users. That's
two different accounts that you use every day, hence the need for
two different passwords.
Moving into the Active
Directory will not only free you from an additional login, it also
streamlines resource sharing and aids ETCS with computer management.
If you work on campus,
we'll be visiting your computer (if we haven't already) sometime
in the next three months to move it into the Active Directory. After
we move you into the Active Directory, you'll login to the um-users
domain using your email password and you'll no longer need a password
for Extension. Your email password is the only password you'll have
to use for network and email access.
If you work in the
field, we'll be visiting you a little later. The complexity of the
wide area network and possible line outages adds additional requirements
needed to successfully move to the Active Directory. Possible solutions
to these requirements are being evaluated and we expect to be able
to move the field to the Active Directory by the end of 2003.
What can you do to
help us get you ready for the move? Here is a list of things that
will help and are good computer housekeeping tips in general.
- Clean out your
temporary internet folders by opening up Internet Explorer,
clicking on tools, clicking on internet options. Make sure you
are on the general screen (tab at the top) and then click the
Delete Files button. Select "Delete all offline content" and
then select "OK". For more information on cleaning your computer,
Computer House Cleaning article in the November 2002 issue
of Inner Circuits.
- If you are on
campus and have Windows 98, call us. We need to upgrade your
PC to Windows 2000 or XP. If you are in the field, and your
computer is at least a 450 MHz processor with at least 192 Mb
of RAM, we can up upgrade you to XP.
- Make sure your
email password meets the complexity requirements. See the July
2002 issue of Inner Circuits
Computer Terrorism article for more details on how to change
- Make sure your
computer is patched to the hilt. For more information see the
July 2002 Issue of Inner Circuits
Windows Updates article.
It usually takes about
15 - 30 minutes to move a computer into the Active Directory. After
your computer is moved, everything will look the same. You'll still
have access to the familiar Q, R, and S drives and your desktop
will look the same as it did before.
on where you work or if you are a student, you may be logging into
the umc-users or tigers domain.