Active Directory

Active Directory Implementation

How to get on the migration list

The process of migrating departments to the UNM AD Forest begins by officially requesting this service through IT Customer Support Services at (505) 277-5757 or by completing an “Ask A Question” form at FastInfo. In the Subject line, type Active Directory Migration. In the Question field, indicate your department and specifics about the department to be migrated. At Send to Department, select Computing Services.

Complete the Migration Assessment spreadsheet and have it available when contacted regarding your department's migration.

The following criteria were established to facilitate migration scheduling requests:

  • Readiness — Compliance with standard hardware and software makes a department more ready to migrate. This is one of the most important considerations in scheduling migrations.
  • Security — Departments which are at risk or which have greater security needs may need to migrate more quickly than others less at risk.
  • Complexity and Size — Departments that are less complex and have less than 75 machines are easier to migrate.
  • Date Requested — Departmental desire to migrate and how long they have been waiting are considered in the scheduling process.
  • Dependencies — Departments might be interested in other AD services that will be available at a future date which might delay their migrations until the new service is in place. Also, affiliations with other departments, such as shared exchange servers, may require that departments migrate at the same time.
  • Additional Factors that might either accelerate or decelerate a migration are also considered when scheduling.

AD History

By 2007, many departments across campus had already implemented Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD) product on servers they managed locally. The IT Agents, who represent Divisions across all campuses, requested the central IT department to work with departments to design and implement a single UNM collection of Active Directory domains into a single "forest." This AD implementation would enable departmental administration of local resources as well as interdependence and easier access to and collaboration with peer entities. This approach reduces the total cost of ownership of Active Directory to the University by providing consistent support, security and standards.

In 2008, AD standards were developed by a cross-campus group, and a technical approach was designed.

In 2009, Naming Conventions were determined and are periodically revised.