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If you have migrated to the new University Active Directory (UAD) domain, then this page is for you. It is designed to help you learn how to perform tasks on your computer once migrated.

Login to the Computer


Login using your full maine.edu email address and password. 

  • Prior to migration into UAD, if you had already been part of a domain, then login will be pretty much the same; you will just use your UAD credentials (full maine.edu email address and password) instead. 
  • If you were not already part of another domain, then instead of logging in to a local account on your machine, you will now login with your domain account using your UAD credentials.

If your username (the first part of your email before the @maine.edu) is less than 21 characters, the login will actually accept just your username without the @maine.edu. If you would like to change your username so it will be less than 21 characters, see How to change UMS usernames for UAD. (Best to do it early in a semester.)

Password Changes

In UAD, when it is time to reset your password, you will need to change your password through the portal page under UMS ID Management. You will receive email notifications at 60 days, 45 days, 30 days and then 14 days before its expiration. Passwords expire after 180 days. You will NOT have a warning at the computer login screen when your password expiration is within the 14 days before expiration.

 If you ignore or miss the notifications and your password expires, you will need to call the Help Desk to have your account re-activated.

Screen Saver

UMS Security policy calls for screen savers to turn on after 30 minutes of inactivity. In general, your screen saver will turn on after 30 minutes and you will need to enter your password to return to your Desktop. Users can easily avoid the screen saver turning on in the middle of a class or presentation by turning on Presentation Mode. To turn on Presentation mode, press the Windows key image of the Windows key from a keyboard + x, then click the button for Turn On just above Presentation Settings.

Windows Mobility Center, showing button to turn on Presentation Mode.

See Windows Presentation Mode for details on how to use Presentation Mode.

Installing Printers

For Step by Step instructions for installing a printer on a computer in UAD, see Adding A University Printer & Adding Account Codes.

Installing Software

Application Catalog

The University Application Catalog has a number of applications available for installation on University-owned computers. For instructions on utilizing the Application Catalog, see Installing Applications on University Supplied Computers. When installing applications from the University Application Catalog, administrator privileges are not needed, user permissions are sufficient.

For Windows 10 users, the University Application Catalog may initially open in Edge. To open a page in Internet Explorer from Microsoft Edge, click the ellipse icon ("...") in the upper right corner, then click Open with Internet Explorer. Note the University Application Catalog also requires the Silverlight plug-in.

The University Application Catalog will soon be replaced with Software Center. See Software Center.

Non-Application Catalog Software

Not every application is included in the Application catalog. For software that is used by multiple people, please submit it for inclusion to the Application Catalog. For instructions, see How do I Request New Software be added to the UMS Software Center Applications.

If this is a very specialized software that is only used by a few people, then the user may contact Campus Services for assistance installing the application. 

Windows Updates

Now that your computer is in the UAD domain, Microsoft Updates are pushed out every month (or as urgent security updates are issued). These updates have been tested for a couple weeks. You will have about a week to install at your convenience and you will see a notification in Software Center that Updates are available.

After that period, the updates will be scheduled to install automatically. You can help prevent the automatic installation from occurring at an inopportune time by opening up Software Center, clicking on the options tab and then selecting your Business hours. Once finished, click Apply.

Software Center window showing Options section and input fields for work hours.

By default your business hours are 5 am to 10 pm Monday thru Friday. Feel free to change these to fit your schedule.

For more information on Microsoft Updates and detailed instructions on setting your Business hours, see How Windows Updates are Installed on University Managed Computers.