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How to manage SharePoint Groups

  Asked By: Cleveland    Date: Jul 07    Category: MOSS    Views: 10227

One of the bigger differences for our site admins between WSS2 and
MOSS07 is the addition of Groups.

I'm struggling to figure out how to use these in the least intrusive
way. It seems that creating a site also creates several groups (members,
owners, visitors). I can see this getting quite messy over time. Is
there anyway to not have MOSS do this?

People are used to giving direct access to sites, and then just setting
inheritance for their subsites. As for groups of people, people have
been accustomed to using our AD groups for that purpose.

Is there a compelling reason to sway away from those habits and more
towards relying on the groups features instead?

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2 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Dwayne Jensen     Answered On: Jul 07

Those 3 groups  are only created in the Top level site  of the site
collection. But as with all SharePoint groups they are meant to be
available in case AD groups don't exist or SharePoint admins  don't have
Domain Admin authority. In general you can continue to use AD groups to
manage SharePoint.

There is one compelling reason  to use the Site members  group. Some of
the webparts, like the My sites  webpart in you mySite, key off
membership in that particular group instead of a wider check of
security. In other words, if you are not a member of the Site Members
group of a particular site then it won't show up in the Sites List in
your Mysite even if you have security rights to the site.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Jose Baker     Answered On: Jul 07

> There is one compelling reason  to use the site  Members group. Some of
> the webparts, like the My sites  webpart in you mySite, key off
> membership in that particular group instead of a wider check of
> security. In other words, if you are not a member of the Site Members
> group of a particular site then it won't show up in the Sites List in
> your Mysite even if you have security rights to the site.

So, to use that properly, one should have a member group for each of
their sites, correct? I'd be OK with that, but it just seems 'messy' to
have groups  for every site that people  have to wade through.

 
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