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UW Windows Infrastructure

The UW Windows Infrastructure (UWWI) is a set of infrastructure capabilities enabling Microsoft technologies. In many cases, the infrastructure capabilities
meet business needs regardless of the client platform or technology.

Where possible all services are intended to be highly available, with geographic redundancy.

NETID Domain service

Provides Active Directory Domain Services with integrated UW NetIDs and Groups service groups. The NETID domain has the password for each UW NetID, and can be used for Kerberos authentication or NTLMv2 authentication. Logon tokens obtained from the NETID domain include group memberships from the Groups Service. You can review known use cases via trust and via delegated OUs.

  • Domain trusts. UW organizations with an existing domain can request a one-way incoming trust to leverage the authentication, authorization, and directory services provided.
  • Delegated OUs. UW organizations can manage and join their computers to the NETID domain service. Organizations retain autonomy and avoid the cost of running their own Windows domain.

Name Resolution services

Provide name resolution services for/with Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft License Activation

Provides Microsoft product activation service for activating Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Servers 2012 R2, Office 2010, or Office 2013 on the UW campus network via a Microsoft Key Management Server (KMS) tied to the campus agreement.

LDAP Integration for Applications

LDAP based authentication, authorization, and directory services for application integration (this capability is available, but in containment)

Federated Authentication

ADFS provides logon tokens for Microsoft centric applications that can cross enterprises boundaries. We run this capability in partnership with the Authentication service.

Azure Active Directory

This component provides multiple capabilities based on emerging technologies and has likely changed in significant ways since we wrote this. Among the capabilities are:

  • OpenID/OAuth2/SAML/WS-Federation based authentication
  • Phone-based multi-factor authentication (may require additional purchase)
  • SaaS application portal with tightly integrated authentication

More Details

The services entitled Authentication, Access Management, Directory Services, UW NetID, and Campus DNS all have overlapping capabilities with this service. In some cases, there is tight integration with those other infrastructure services.

UWWI users change their UW NetID password via the standard UW NetID manage page. UW NetID creation and password changes are synchronized to UWWI in near real-time.

UWWI groups are synchronized from the UW Groups Service in near real-time.

UWWI directory information currently includes name, affiliations, UW-IT UID, UW NetID, and 'UWRegID' which are obtained from the enterprise person directory (EDS). A picture of the existing Active Directory structure is available.

Please contact the UW-IT Service center for assistance:

Online Help Form:
Phone: 206-221-5000

If you need urgent assistance outside UW-IT Service Center hours, then do call the number above. They have the ability to contact engineers and/or escalate to the UW-IT duty manager.