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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.

Blue AD Toolkit

UIS has developed a delegated management system (DMS) that allows  University departments and Colleges included in Blue AD to have local administration access to manage their groups and distribution lists: Blue AD Toolkit.

 

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

  • Bomgar cloud integration
  • CHRIS (Midland iTrent)

Via ADFS authentication

  • ArcGIS (University students)
  • ArcGIS (Estate Management)
  • Booker (LIVE, DEMO & TEST)
  • Clarizen (UIS project management)
  • Ivanti Heat (UIS, Finance Division)
  • Microsoft EES Agreement services:
    • Exchange Online email
    • Office 365
    • OneDrive for Business
    • SharePoint Online
  • RCS RFS
  • SharePoint On-Premise

Pending:

  • Fluke e-maint (Trinity Hall)
  • Freshworks Freshdesk (Gonville & Caius)
  • iCaseWork (HR, Clinical Shools)
  • Institutional File Storage service (IFS)
  • Interact ('Hive') (Estate Management)
  • University Telecoms system

Development roadmap

 

Contact

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

 

Last updated: 04 October 2019

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