Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening?
Information Technology is implementing Microsoft Active Directory based file sharing and printing services to replace the existing Novell Netware based file sharing and printing services. IT will be migrating all University owned computers and printers from Netware to Active Directory. A key step in the migration process involves "joining" (or registering) machines to the “domain,” or Active Directory server, in order for them to receive the full complement of services. The migration of your machine will be performed either by IT staff deployment teams in line with current primary support agreements.

What is Active Directory?
Active Directory (AD) is a software environment developed by Microsoft that provides directory services, network file and print services, and identity management. AD will allow us to consolidate a number of services and functions onto one platform. It will also allow us to provide critical services like network file share space and centralized printing to a large number of users including all students.

Who is affected?
All campus users will be affected in some way. Faculty/Staff and their University-owned machines will be joined to the domain. Student-owned or personal machines will not be joined to the domain at this point in time.

What do I need to do?
We ask that Faculty/Staff make themselves available for the discovery and migration process. More information regarding the student migration will be available towards the end of the Spring semester and will not occur until after the Spring semester has ended.

Do I have to let the migration team work on my computer?
If your computer is University-owned and connects to the IT network, then your machine (desktop or laptop) must be joined to Active Directory for inventory and management purposes.

How long will it take to migrate my computer?
Migration times will vary depending on the amount of data and other factors. All computers that receive primary support from IT may also be upgraded to Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) before being joined to the domain, if the computer meets hardware eligibility requirements. (Non-eligible computers running Windows XP will also be joined to the domain.)

What changes will I notice from a joined computer?
Your initial login process at computer startup will be a little different. You will no longer see a Novell login screen, but instead you will see an Active Directory login screen which is basically the same as the Windows login screen. There you will login with your short ValpoNet username and password. If you had files on the G: or H: drives previously, you will still have access to them but they may be on a different drive letter. You will be given instructions on all these matters by the migration team.

What happens to my shared folders?
Once migrated, you will still have access to all of the data currently in your Netdrive shares. However, the drive letters may be different.

With the change to Active Directory based file sharing, am I allotted more storage space?

Original Space Allotment New Space Allotment
Faculty/Staff Home Directory 500MB 1GB
Student Home Directory 75MB 1GB
Department Share Unlimited Unlimited

What if I do not have the Novell NetWare client on my machine, do I still need to migrate to Active Directory?
In order to ensure that IT supported users get the proper resources, all machines must be joined to the AD domain.

Do I need to change my password?
The new system will use the same password that you use for all your ValpoNet accounts and access. As long as your password is no longer set to the default, it should work properly.

Is it possible to have my computer migrated earlier?
While we are attempting to migrate users as soon as possible, the migration team will be migrating faculty/staff by department so any associated department shares are migrated at the same time.

Will student and Faculty/Staff personal computers be joined to Active Directory?
These computers are not eligible to be joined to the domain. However, users will be able to access AD based services such as file sharing without being on campus (or joined) via remote access methods. Documentation will be available.

Will training be offered on Active Directory and Windows 7?
Training will be offered on an as-needed basis. Please visit the Training website located at:
The Online Training Library® has training available on Windows 7.