Single Group Management


 

ADManager Plus offers the flexibility to manage individual groups via its Single Group Management feature which allows you to perform the following operations:

 

Single Group Creation

 

Using ADManager Plus, you can create groups and add multiple members to it, configure the exchange attributes of the group etc. You also have the option of adding members to groups using CSVs. All you have to do is fill the necessary member attribute details in a CSV, and import the file in a single instance.

 

Procedure:

 

First, you have to set the different attributes of the group which include name of the group, its description, its member, manager for the group and its exchange mailbox attributes and finally click Apply.

 

Steps :

  • Click AD Mgmt tab - - > Group Management - -> Create Single Group

  • From the drop down menu, select the Domain in which you want to create the Group.

  • You can also create groups using templates. In the "select template" section choose a template, by choosing a template during group creation the properties of the template automatically get applied to the group. The change option can be used to replace a template with new one.

  • Under General Tab

    • Enter the "Group Name" and  "Pre-Windows 2000" Group name

    • In description, you can add a small description of the group.

    • In E-mail, provide an email which will be used to address the group.

    • If you want to change the container in which the Group is created, then click on "Change" and choose the appropriate container for the group.

    • Select the "Group Type" and "Group Scope" based on your need.

    • Add a note if necessary.

  • Under Group Tab

    • Add members to the group by importing users from a CSV file (Sample CSV file) which contains the necessary group attributes Or select the members one after another and then click Ok

    • Use the "Member Of" option to add the group to any of the available groups

    • Use the "Managed by" to designate the Manager for the group

    • Check the "manager can update member list" option to give the manager permissions to add or remove users from the group

  • Under the Exchange Tab (The 'no mail' option is chosen by default). To create a group with mailbox choose 'Mail enabled' and proceed as below:

    • Under the General tab create an Exchange email address for the group

      • Enter the mail alias for the group

      • From the drop down menu, choose the appropriate "Administrative Group"

      • Enter the "Simple Display name" for the group

      • To hide the group from Exchange address lists, click on the check box.

    • In the Delivery Restrictions section:

      • Set the limit for the "Receiving message Size"

      • Use the "Accept Messages" section to configure the sender list from which the group can receive messages

      • Use the options in "reject messages from" section to define users who cannot mail the group

      • "Requires that all senders are authenticated" option ensures that the user receives messages only from domain authenticated users

  • Click on 'Create' to create the new group in your Active Directory.

 

Single Group Modification

 

This feature makes it easy and simple to perform the desired changes any group in your Active Directory. As and when the organizational requirements and policies change, you will have to update the groups in your Active Directory, to accommodate the changes.

 

Using the single group modification feature, you can perform modifications such as:

  • - Renaming the group
  • - Changing group type and scope as per the requirements
  • - Moving groups from one OU to another
  • - Adding users and contacts from multiple domains (cross-domain support) as group members
  • - Adding/updating the custom attributes
  • - Updating the group's membership details (add/remove the group from other groups) of the group
  • - Specifying Exchange delivery restrictions, adding additional email addresses, etc.

 

And, you can do all the desired changes, at one go. Modifying groups via the templates offers administrators a tighter and easier mechanism to control the changes being made to Active Directory groups as they can:

  • - Customize the templates to have only a specific set of attributes. If is also possible to make any attribute hidden, read-only or editable.
  • - Reactively update (in the background), specific attributes based on the changes being made to other attributes

 

Steps to modify an Active Directory group:

  • Click the AD Mgmt tab; go to Group Management

  • Under Single Group Management, click the Single Group Modification link

  • In the Modify Single Group page, choose the domain in which the group to be modified is located.

  • Locate the desired group

    • Using the search option (key in the group name and hit the 'Go' button), or

    • By clicking the 'Go' button (without providing any input) to list all the groups in the domain. Then, search for the specific group from the list.

  • After you locate the desired group, click the Modify Group button located in the Action column of this group

  • In the Modify Group Properties window that opens up, select the appropriate Group Modification Template using the Change link located beside the 'Selected Template' option. (If you do not wish to use any specific template, you can continue with just the default template.)

  • Enter the values for all the required attributes

  • Click Preview. This will list all the fields that will be modified along with their existing values and also the new values that they will be updated with

  • If you wish to make any more changes, click the '<--' (back) button located on the top right corner to go back to the 'Modify Group Properties' page

  • After making all the desired changes, hit the Update Group button to save the changes to the group in AD