In mid-February 2013 the UW Windows Forest service will end.
The UW forest is a service offered by UW-IT to
provide central support for basic forest services (global
catalog servers, schema management, and limited
enterprise admin responsibilities).
The current state of the UW Forest has 1 UW
organizations with a domain.
Service Lifecycle and Alternative Services
This service is not available to new customers. Existing UW Forest customers
are encouraged to migrate out. UW-IT has been discouraging use of this service
since 2003, with broad customer buy-in to this stance.
UW-IT recommends that customers instead use the central NETID Windows domain which is
part of the UW Windows Infrastructure
line of business.
Customers should be actively pursuing
migration out of the UW Forest. From a
high-level your options are:
- UWWI Delegated OU.
- New Windows domain and
UW-IT has migrated most of its domains out of
the UW forest, and created
from that experience.
UW Forest Policy
Windows domains in the UW forest:
Have a vulnerability to the exploit described in
Domain and Domain Controller Policy
Can't run Microsoft Exchange
Should follow a change management practice of notifying other
domain admins in the UW forest via the win2k mailing list prior to
making service affecting changes to their domain controllers
UW Forest Service Documents