Directory Services

Directory Services is the software system that stores, organizes and provides access to information in a directory. The directory services that BIT leverages for this description is Microsoft Active Directory. Although this directory primarily holds user ID, password and group membership for data access privileges, it is also a security and configuration management cornerstone for a number of applications that consume the service. Network access, email, network storage repositories, database access, and numerous other applications are directly connected to this service.

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Public Higher Education
  • Public K-12 Education

What We Provide

  • Lightweight Directory Access protocol (LDAP)
    • A directory in this sense is an organized set of records: for example, a telephone directory is an alphabetical list of persons and organizations with, in each "record", address and phone number.
  • Manage a growing number of users, roles and devices.
  • Centralize the storage and management of user information.
  • Information security and single sign-on for user access to networked based resources.

Client Responsibility

  • Do not share passwords.
  • Timely notification to BIT when staff are no longer employed by the State of South Dakota.

Major Investment Costs

  • Server Hardware
  • Server Software
  • Network connectivity hardware

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