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Campus Active Directory

IT Services offers a Microsoft Windows 2008 Active Directory (AD) infrastructure for units on campus.


Through joining the CampusAD domain, units can more easily collaborate with others by securely sharing resources with other CampusAD users.

CampusAD is already in use at IT Services and with some of the former AIS Active Directory clients. Migration of all AIS Active Directory clients will be completed in 2014.

Units, colleges, and departments who choose to adopt CampusAD for their Active Directory services to have the ability to manage their own organization unit (OU).

IT Services is using the Quest ActiveRoles Server (ARS) software for management of OUs and will offer this tool or a similar tool as part of the CampusAD service. IT Services provides the Active Directory server structure for units, relieving them from having to provide their own Domain Name System (DNS) servers and Domain Controllers.

The cost of the CampusAD service is $2 per account per month.

Advisory Committee

CampusAD clients will have the opportunity to participate in an advisory committee regarding the implementation and support of CampusAD at MSU.

A default domain policy will be implemented that enables basic functionality of the domain. Participating OU administrators will be able to modify and link policies to their OU. Password policies will be created and available for use. These policies will be decided on by the CampusAD Advisory Committee.


CampusAD is a single forest with a single domain that currently supports IT Services and its clients.

Units who participate in the CampusAD service will have a dedicated OU for their unit. If a unit wishes to keep a resource AD within the unit, one-way trusts will be permitted so unit resources can trust accounts in their CampusAD OU.

CampusAD on-way trust process graphic

Graphic of CampusAD single forest domain with optional one-way trusts (PDF)


If interested in the CampusAD service:

CampusAD Migration

CampusAD is an affordable solution to supporting a separate AD infrastructure from within your unit.

IT Services subsidizes the cost of setup, migration, and labor and works closely with clients to develop a clear upgrade path and ensure a smooth migration. Legacy domains will be migrated into OUs in the CampusAD domain.

Additional levels of support will be available for those would like OU management and desktop support services. More information on pricing will be available soon.

If a unit wishes to keep a resource AD within the unit, one-way trusts will be permitted so unit resources can trust accounts in your campus AD OU.