Active Directory Standard



To coordinate Active Directory in the state of North Dakota which will establish a single network domain that provides users with a single network sign on, offers push technology for the distribution of applications, and allows for distributed management of computing process.


  1. Any agency computers utilizing Active Directory shall be members of the state forest NDGOV
  2. Each agency shall comprise an Organizational Unit (OU) within NDGOV.


The state of North Dakota shall establish a single forest architecture for its Active Directory. All state agency networks using Active Directory shall coordinate their installation and maintenance activities with ITD to ensure that all networked Active Directory computers are members of the State forest, NDGOV.


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Statement of Commitment

North Dakota's CIO/CTO directs that IT Policy be created to establish statewide information technology policies and standards as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Revision Number: 2
Revision Date: 2016-06-22
Effective Date: 2004-05-11
Last Reviewed: 2021-01-05
Number: POL0020116