Campus Active Directory - ARS - Managing AD Objects 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: https://kb.wisc.edu/cads/30600

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: https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=96403

This document details the procedures for creating and managing objects in the Campus Active Directory using the ActiveRoles Server (ARS) tool.

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

All Objects

The following are guidelines for all objects:

  • The name of the object must conform to CADS naming convention. Please see Campus Active Directory - Naming Convention for more information.

  • It is recommended that an accurate description is entered into the description field of all objects

In object creation wizards and properties dialog boxes, some property labels may be displayed as hyperlinks. This indicates that ARS enforces policy restrictions on the property. To examine the policy in detail, you can click the label.

The window may display the following information:

  • Policy Description Provides a brief description of the policy

  • Message Details the problem if the supplied property value violates the policy

The windows may be resized to allow for easier reading of the policy information. You can also click arrows in the lower-left corner to display description of other policies enforced on the given property. The Message section is displayed whenever the specified property value violates the policy. The following figure illustrates the situation where a value has not been supplied for a mandatory property. When you click Go To in this window, the console moves the pointer to the field that needs to be corrected. You can type or select an appropriate value to correct your input.