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Blue AD

Blue Active Directory (AD) is a directory service containing all the University's staff and students. It is used for user and device management, and to provide authentication services.

What is Blue AD?

Blue AD takes data feeds from Jackdaw and Lookup. It syncs to Microsoft's Azure AD every three hours, and the Exchange Online Global Address List (GAL) gets its data from Blue AD.

It was initially developed by UIS to provide an authoritative source of user information that would enable user authentication for services provided under the University's Microsoft EES agreement.

UIS now also uses it for centralised administration of a number of its services and devices, including authentication to some third party online services.

UIS currently developing a delegated management system (DMS) that will allow us to offer a service to other University Colleges and Departments via which they can use Blue AD for their own user and device management and authentication to their own systems, if they wish.

 

Benefits

Having a single authoritative University-wide directory creates the potential for a number of benefits:

  • simplifies user registrations in institutions
  • institutions don't have to build their own AD
  • easier to access UIS services
  • simplification of authentication across the University
  • consistent user experience
  • using a common platform helps futureproof institutions' ability to interface with UIS services going forward
  • available at no cost.

 

Which services use Blue AD for user authentication?

Via vendor LDAPS integration

  • Ivanti Heat
  • Bomgar cloud integration
  • CHRIS (Midland iTrent)
  • RCS RFS

Pending:

  • University Telecoms system
  • IFS Institutional File Storage service (IFS)

Via ADFS Authentication

  • Microsoft services: Office 365, Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Office desktop software downloads
  • Clarizen (UIS project management)
  • SharePoint On-Premise (LIVE, TEST & DEV)
  • Booker (LIVE, DEMO & TEST)
  • ArcGIS (University students)
  • ArcGIS (Estate Management)

Pending:

  • Trinity Hall: Fluke e-maint
  • Gonville & Caius: Freshworks Freshdesk

Development roadmap

 

Contact

If you would like more information, or are interested in integrating with Blue AD, please contact .

 

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