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ITS Locations

Help Desk

Teaching Learning Center Room 128
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Phone: (208) 885-4357 (HELP) 


ITS Administration Offices
Administration Building
Room 140
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3155
Moscow, ID 83844-3155
Phone: (208) 885-6721
Fax: (208) 885-7539

Media Center

Teaching Learning Center 131 
Phone: (208) 885-6411
Fax: (208) 885-0566

Records Management

Office of Records Management
Pitman Center (SUB)
Room 53
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4247
Moscow, ID 83844-4247
phone: (208) 885-2580

Current Hours of Operation
Mon: 7:30-4:30pm
Tue: 7:30-11:30am
Wed: 7:30-11:30am
Thur: 7:30-11:30am

Vandal Cards

Pitman Center (SUB)
Room 124
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4256
Moscow, ID 83844-4256
Phone: (208) 885-7522
Fax: (208) 885-9208

Telephone Services

Administration Building 
Room 133
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3155
Moscow, ID 83844-3155
Phone: (208) 885-5800
Fax: (208) 885-7539

Self Help: Connecting to AD

Connecting to AD

This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):



After completion of this tutorial, your machine will be connected to Active Directory.

Most university computers benefit from being joined to Active Directory domain. This is usually done by a System Administrator. This tutorial will walk you through joining your machine to AD.

Joining your computer to Active Directory:

Most computers on the U of I network benefit from being joined to the Active Directory. ITS offers a simple way to connect to the AD using the Domain Joining Tool.

The domain joining tool offers the easiest way to connect your current computer to the AD. Simply download the tool and run it as an administrator of the computer – the tool does the rest.

Download the domain joining tool, entering your NetID username and password when prompted, and be sure to run the program as an administrator on the computer.

The tool imports information from NMS into Active Directory. So, if you’d like to use this tool, make sure your computer record in NMS is named properly. If you are experiencing trouble, or do not have access to NMS, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@uidaho.edu.

Here’s an outline of what the tool does:

  • Ensure the logged-in user has local administrative access.
  • Compare all enumerated client MAC addresses with all computer objects in Active Directory.
  • Rename the computer if they differ in AD and on the client computer.
  • Reboot if necessary (for proper naming).
  • Bind the computer to Active Directory.
  • Add <computername>-ws-users and <computername>-ws-administrators to local Users and Administrators groups respectively.
  • Delete AD Domain Admins from the local Users group.
In addition, the script will check to see if the machine is already bound to a domain. If it is, the script will exit.