Nexus is the campus-wide Microsoft Windows network at the University of Waterloo. Computer workstations in public student areas, and most research and administrative office areas are joined to the Nexus domain.

IST manages the Nexus domain controllers, which provide domain management for computers joined to the Nexus domain, and directory services supported by LDAP.

Most campus computing systems authenticate directly to the Nexus domain controllers. New students and employees automatically receive Nexus accounts when their information is added to the University of Waterloo Identity and Access Management (WatIAM) system.

Who can use this service:

  • Staff

How to request this service:

Send a request to

Support for this service:


No cost.



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