Campus Active Directory - ARS - Getting Started with ActiveRoles Server

Decommissioned Service

Owing to high maintenance costs and low utilization the Active Directory Services team is discontinuing the ActiveRoles Server (ARS) service effective December 23rd, 2019. This service was used to replicate functionality of Microsoft’s Active Directory Users and Computers as well as enforce campus AD naming conventions outlined here:

Once the service is decommissioned Identity and Access Management recommends that you use Microsoft's native tools for the administration of your Organizational Unit (OU). For more information on requirements to use Microsoft’s native tools please refer to this document:

Campus Active Directory can now be managed with the new ActiveRoles Server (ARS) tool. This document helps users get started with this new tool.

Please note: The ARS service is being sunset on December 23rd, 2019.

What is ActiveRoles Server (ARS)?

ARS simplifies Active Directory (AD) management by providing an intuitive, secure web interface and Application Programming Interface (API) for Active Directory. ARS is currently being run in parallel with the existing native Microsoft tools currently used on campus for AD management, but in the future ARS will replace the native tools.

Who can use ARS?

ActiveRoles Server is available to all Campus Active Directory customers. To become a Campus Active Directory customer, please submit a request at

What are some of the prominent features of ARS and how does it differ from native tools?

  • Web interface - ARS facilitates AD management by providing a web interface accessible from any major browser or operating system. With this functionality, AD users no longer need to join a machine to an Active Directory to perform management tasks.

  • Access multiple forests at once - With ARS, users can access multiple forests such as the production and quality assurance (QA) Campus Active Directory Service (CADS) environments, at once. This eliminates the need to join a machine to each forest to perform management tasks in that environment.

  • Reporting - ARS provides powerful reporting tools to allow administrators to view data about their AD environments. Some of the many reporting options include the ability to view policy compliance, AD management actions, details on managed units, administrative roles, and much more.

  • Policy - ARS provides features for enforcing and provisioning objects to be in compliance with AD policies. This helps administrators to create policy-compliant objects without needing to refer to additional documentation.

How do I access ARS?

CADS customers may connect to ARS via the web interface, the Quest ARS Microsoft Management Console or Quest PowerShell cmdlets installed on a Windows computer.

For detailed instructions and downloads, please see Campus Active Directory - ARS - Connecting to ActiveRoles Server.

How do I get assistance?

For assistance with ARS, please see our help documentation at or contact

Common ARS tasks

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Owner:Marc T.Group:Campus Active Directory
Created:2014-10-01 14:48 CSTUpdated:2020-02-13 14:01 CST
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