AD services to the Suffolk University community.

Active Directory (AD) is a Windows-based directory service that holds user accounts, computer accounts and groups, and also stores security information for those objects. It’s also used to centralize authentication and administration of Windows hosts. ITSIG provides and maintains a single domain AD forest ( for department use, including supporting services such as DNS, WINS, Kerberos, and Time Synchronization.

Active Directory Services

ITS Infrastructure Group maintains the forest root for the AD forest. In addition, the Infrastructure Group is responsible for the following:

  • Schema: The schema controls how objects are defined in AD. Occasionally, it is necessary to make additions to the schema. All such changes are handled by the Infrastructure Group. Schema changes will be thoroughly tested before being implemented.
  • DNS for AD: Infrastructure Group maintains AD service records in DNS for the forest.

To log in to Active Directory, you must know your user name, password and domain. This documentation has been written to reference the domain, or ADM for short.

Your user name is the first letter of your first name, then your full last name.
Example: Name = Joe Smith; username = jsmith

Logging In to Active Directory

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del. This will enable the login screen
  2. Enter your user name
  3. Enter your password
  4. Choose the domain to log in to. Make sure that you select the domain you were assinged. For all Administrators, the domain to select is ADM
    Selecting the incorrect domain will prevent you from logging into the network.
  5. Click OK to log into the Active Directory.

Changing Your Password

You are able to change your password at any time once you are logged into Active Directory (AD). There will be times when AD will force you to change your password. Usually, you will see a pop-up window informing you that "Your password will expire in [x] days. Do you want to change your password now? Yes / No?"

If you have been prompted by AD to change your password, skip to step 3.
If you are manually changing your password, use the following steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del. This will enable the Windows Security menu
  2. Choose "Change Password"
  3. Enter your old (current) password
  4. Enter your new password, then retype it again in the bottom box
  5. Click OK.

You should see a pop-up message box informing you that you password has been changed. From this point on, you can use your new password to authenticate to AD.

Users of the RedDot content management system (CMS), please note that your Active Directory password is also your RedDot password. Once you change your Active Directory password, you must use the new password when logging in to RedDot.