Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that holds user accounts, computer accounts and groups, and stores security information for those objects. The servers that store the directory information and respond to authentication and directory lookup requests are called domain controllers. Global Catalog servers are special directory servers that contain a subset of information for every object in the forest.
Network Engineering maintains the forest root for the Oregonstate.edu AD forest. In addition, Network Engineering is responsible for the following:
Note: If circumstances arise which affect the overall health of the Active Directory forest and Network Engineering cannot reach the DCA responsible for a system, Network Engineering may log in to Domain Controllers and make necessary changes; we will notify DCAs immediately afterward in such cases.
In order to keep our AD forest as robust and reliable as possible, and to decrease replication traffic, we would like to minimize the number of domains in the Oregonstate.edu forest. Network Engineering will only consider requests for new domains when the following are true:
Information Services provides access to the FS_Mail domain for groups who wish to use Microsoft Exchange but do not maintain their own Active Directory domain. There is no charge for FS_Mail accounts. Each department has access to their own Organizational Unit (OU), and permissions are delegated to the Departmental Computing Administrator (DCA).
Departments interested in using the FS_Mail domain should contact us.
There are currently two directories on campus:
These two directories contain much of the same information, but they are not identical.
The OSU Online Directory currently contains records for everyone that has an ONID account (anyone officially associated with OSU). The OSU Online Directory is meant to be public and gets information from OSU's student and human resources system (Banner). Because the information in the Online Directory comes straight from Banner, it is generally very accurate.
The Exchange Global Address Book is a private directory visible only by people with accounts in OSU's Active Directory forest (Exchange users and all ONID users). It contains all the information from the OSU Online Directory (because ONID accounts are listed in it as well), plus a large number of Exchange accounts. All of the non-ONID information in Exchange is manually entered in a somewhat inconsistent way. This means that sometimes it is more accurate and sometimes it is less accurate than the Online Directory.
We are doing our best to bring these two directories closer together over time.
This directory requires no authentication, and is very easy to configure. See the ONID documentation for more information.
If you are using Outlook in MAPI mode (this is how most users on campus use Outlook), you can automatically view the Global Address Book by clicking on the Address Book icon. There is no special configuration required.
If you are using a different email client, or Outlook in POP or IMAP mode, you will need to add the Global Address Book as an LDAP server in your client's settings. Please note the following caveats if you choose to use this directory via LDAP:
To add the GAL to your Outlook 2007/2003 client first go to the Control panel. From the Control Panel double click on the Mail icon, click Show Profiles, select the profile you want to add the GAL to. Now with your profile selected click on Properties, E-mail Accounts, Address Book tab, New, LDAP, and put in the information below.
The settings needed to connect to the Global Address Book are as follows:
Where "domain\username" is an Active Directory domain and username.
Having trouble? Try setting your search base to dc=oregonstate,dc=edu