Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)
Welcome to the New Forest
Simplifying User Access to Baruch’s Networks
Understanding Network Accounts at Baruch:
From the “Old Forest” to the “New Forest”
All members of the Baruch community are issued an Active Directory account to access the Baruch network. Faculty and staff also use it to connect to their Baruch email. When Active Directory was originally set up, students, faculty, and staff were assigned to separate "domains"—containers where user accounts are stored. In this system, users have had to know their assigned domain (e.g., ACAD, BCTC, or STUDENT) to log into the Baruch network and its computing services. These three domains made up the "forest" of domains at Baruch.
Today, there is no longer a need to separate users this way. All users will now share a single domain, BC. There are many advantages to this “New Forest”:
- All of the Baruch services requiring an Active Directory account will be accessible with just one password.
- BCTC will be able to update software used to run the network and consolidate different wireless networks into one "Baruch" wireless network.
The ultimate goal is to provide the latest functionality while simplifying user access to the network.
How Will the New Forest Impact You?
Faculty & Staff
To minimize user impact on faculty and staff during the transition, BCTC has already completed most of the preparatory work. This work includes, but is not limited to, (1) setting up dual authentication on all external/internal web applications; (2) establishing the new "Baruch" WiFi service, which does not require the "domain\username" format; (3) maintaining the coexistence of email delivery and calendar updates; (4) simplifying external access to email services; and (5) moving a majority of the file shares to the new forest with drive auto-mapping.
To further minimize impact, BCTC will schedule the majority of account migrations at night and during weekends, when possible. However, faculty and staff should anticipate some downtime and changes. See the drop-down menus below to familiarize yourself with the majority of these changes.
If you have any questions or concerns about the migration, please contact the Help Desk or your school’s IT coordinator:
- Marxe School of Public Affairs mspia.tech.baruch.cuny.edu
- Weissman School of Arts & Sciences :wsastech.baruch.cuny.edu
- Zicklin School of Business zicklin.tech.baruch.cuny.edu