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Single Sign-On: Central Directory Service
Enterprise Central Directory Service (CDS) manages University Computing Accounts and authorizes access to various University-wide computing services, including the University's My Pitt (my.pitt.edu) Web portal, Enterprise email services (IMAP and Exchange), the PeopleSoft Student Information System, the Secure Remote Access service, and online library journals.
CDS provides single sign-on access. This means that with your one University Computing Account username and password, you can access most University-wide systems. You can even access some resources outside the University using your University Computing Account username and password.
CDS was created as a central registry for individual identities within the University and to manage University Computing Accounts. A key principle underlying the design of the system is that an individual affiliated with the University should have one and only one user account.
At the core of CDS is information about people and their affiliations with the University. This information is obtained from various source systems, such as the payroll system and student information systems. Information about individuals can also be entered into CDS manually for individuals who participate in University programs but do not have a formal student, faculty, or staff affiliation.
Single Sign-On: InCommon Federation/ Shibboleth
Your University Computing Account not only provides you with access to information and resources at Pitt; it can also grant you access to valuable information at other institutions and government agencies. Using only your University Computing Account, you can currently access resources from:
How It Works
- Visit the external Web site whose resources you want to access (see list above).
- If you are asked to identify your institution, select University of Pittsburgh.
If you are not asked, it likely means that either the service to which you are connecting has a means to identify University of Pittsburgh users , or you may have already visited the Web site.
- The standard log in screen below will display. Log in with your University Computing Account username and password.
Enterprise Active Directory Service
Enterprise Active Directory (AD) is a tool used to authenticate and authorize users who connect to the University of Pittsburgh network with their University Computing Account username and password. It is available for all units, schools, and departments, most of whom already take advantage of its features
Enterprise AD also provides a centralized authoritative repository of information about network-based resources (such as computers, printers, applications, and file shares). It simplifies the management of these resources while controlling who can access them.
Users in departments that take advantage of Enterprise AD are able to access all network-based resources using their University Computing Account username and password. (You may have heard this referred to as “single sign-on access.”) Enterprise AD enhances network security by centrally managing and standardizing a number of important security functions, including:
- Account provisioning: determines who receives a University Computing Account
- Account lifecycle: determines when an account is activated and, more importantly, ensures it is deactivated when it is no longer needed
- Monitoring: helps to identify unusual or potentially harmful account activity
- Logging: provides important historical information about accounts and devices (often useful in investigating computers that have been compromised)