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Active Directory - Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why is this change required?

2. What should I expect from the change?


3. What do I need to do?


4. Do I have the necessary computer hardware/software?


5. Does Active Directory support all Windows versions?


6. Will I still have access to my network resources (i.e. shared data drives)?


7. Will my data remain on the computer?


8. Will my desktop/setup look any different?


9. Will my access to Word/Excel/Adobe change?


10. Will I still have access to all my printers?


11. What will change?


12. Why is this being done?





Why is this change required?
- ITU can provide better support locally and remotely for your computer, provide more central services, like file storage, and provide a greater level of security through central patch, antivirus, and encryption management tools, among others. It will allow us to continue offering Remote Desktop Access in a more secure way as the campus network increases its security position. Through this process, we will comply with annual University and State Audits as well as Health Science, UIC campus, University policy as well as State and Federal law, such as FERPA, PIPA, and HIPAA. Back to top of page

What should I expect from the change?
- For now, the only visible change will be that, once migrated, you will use your UIC netid and ACCC common password to login to your office computer, instead of your existing local computer password. There will be no data loss in this process. During this transition, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work with you. Back to top of page

What do I need to do?
- We will be contacting business managers, unit IT liaisons, and department heads throughout the college to coordinate an appropriate time frame to make this change for your department/unit. At this time, only PC and Apple/Macintosh computers will be migrated. Back to top of page

Do I have the necessary computer hardware/software?
- Anyone who has purchased a College of Pharmacy standardized computer (link to standard site) in the past several years should have a simple and positive transition period. For those who do not have COP standard equipment or hardware, we will assess any requirements which will facilitate the migration for you and develop a migration plan so you may become compliant. Active Directory is supported on Windows Business, Windows Ultimate, Windows Professional and Mac OS 10.3.x and above. (see "supported OS" list). We can assist you in ensuring the transition will be smooth or assist you with any necessary upgrades. Back to top of page

Does Active Directory support all Windows versions?
- Active Directory does not support the "Home" edition of Windows XP, Vista, or 7, and must be upgraded to either XP, Professional, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate, 7 Professional, 7 Ultimate, or 7 Enterprise. For Mac computers, it is supported on Mac OS 10.3 and above. Back to top of page

Will I still have access to my network resources (i.e. shared data drives)?
- Absolutely, since you're now on Active Directory, if the shared drive is also on Active Directory, then you might not even need to enter your username and password. It would be connected automatically. Back to top of page

Will my data remain on the computer?
- Yes, your current data will stay on your computer. It is possible for us to change the default location to a server, so that you can login to any Active Directory computer and still be able to access your data. However, at this time, we will leave the data on your computer. Back to top of page

Will my desktop/setup look any different?
- No, everything will remain the same. Back to top of page

Will my access to Word/Excel/Adobe change?
- No, all functionality to software will remain the same. If you do see a change, please do notify us. Back to top of page

Will I still have access to all my printers?
- Yes, you will still be able to print to the same printers as before. Back to top of page

What will change?
- The login screen will look different, the user will need to press the CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys at the same time, to login with your ACCC NetID and common password. Back to top of page

Why is this being done?
- This move to Active Directory (AD) will create and provide a more efficient IT process via central management. It also allows us to implement security policies to protect your computer as well as the network. Back to top of page






*** Active Directory is supported on Windows Business, Ultimate,  Professional versions and Mac OS 10.3.x and above.  Anyone who has purchased a College of Pharmacy standardized computer (link to Pharmacy standard site) in the past two years will not be affected by this change.