Identity Manager - Accounts Overview

Last Updated: 11/28/2018

Account Terms

Identity Manager uses terms that you should familiarize yourself with.

Primary

  • A primary account is your primary personal account. 

Secondary

  • There also may be secondary accounts associated with a primary account. For example, Ralphie Buffalo has an IdentiKey (ralphclub) only for his club's email address. This is referred to as a secondary account.

Refer to the information below to understand Identity Manager's impact on different account types.

Account Types

Primary

  • A primary account is your primary personal account. So Ralphie Buffalo's primary account is his IdentiKey, buffalor and his personal CU Boulder email address is buffalor@colorado.edu.

Secondary

  • A secondary account may be associated with a primary account. For example, Ralphie Buffalo has an IdentiKey (ralphclub) for his club's email address. This is referred to as a secondary account.
  • Secondary accounts are now activated and managed in IdentiKey Manager. The primary account holder can click Manage My Secondary Account(s) on the IdentiKey Manager site to activate and change settings. Use the Activate Secondary Accounts tutorial for help managing secondary accounts. 
  • If a secondary account does not have an IdentiKey it cannot be managed through IdentiKey Manager. For assistance with accounts like this, contact the IT Service Center
AD (Active Directory) Accounts

Description:

  • Used to access resources like OIT's Exchange email service.

With Identity Manager:

  • All OIT AD accounts are automatically synchronized with IdentiKey accounts.
  • Other AD accounts:
    • Check with your AD administrator if you have questions.
Group Accounts

Description:

  • Usually used for generic email address, departments and clubs.

With Identity Manager:

  • Secondary account, associated with one primary account holder.
  • Can be managed with IdentiKey Manager by logging in with the account's CU Login Name and IdentiKey password.
  • New group account requests must still be submitted to the IT Service Center. Then use the Activate Secondary Accounts tutorial for help managing secondary accounts.
IdentiKey

Description:

  • Your key to many campus resources, like  Canvas, D2L and VPN

With Identity Manager:

  • Primary account.
  • Used to authenticate into Identity Manager
  • Identity Manager used to activate new IdentiKeys
  • Perform password changes and resets.
  • Manage email address associated with sponsored account.
OIT Unix Accounts

Description:

  • Accounts on spot, rintintin, etc.

With Identity Manager:

  • Not affected and managed through Identity Manager.
Retiree

Description:

  • A CU Login Name and IdentiKey password maintained by a retiree.

With Identity Manager:

  • Primary account.
  • Used to authenticate into Identity Manager
  • Identity Manager used to activate new IdentiKeys
  • Perform password changes and resets.
Sponsored Accounts

Description:

  • A CU Login Name and IdentiKey password given to a sponsored affiliate

With Identity Manager:

  • Primary account.
  • Used to authenticate into Identity Manager
  • Identity Manager used to activate new IdentiKeys
  • Perform password changes and resets.
  • If applicable, manage email address associated with sponsored account.