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Synchronizing site members with AD security gorup

  Asked By: David    Date: Aug 22    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1021

I want to synchronize my list of users for a Windows Sharepoint Services 2003
site with a security group in Active Directory in my domain. This means that I
would like to have a task scheduled every night that replicates the members of
that security group to the user list for the site (only from the AD security
group to the membership list in Sharepoint). Is this possible out of the box, as
it seems to be for audiences? Or has anyone developed a script that performs
that one-way replication, or know a place where I could download it?

I am running Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 on a Windows 2003 server (of course)
but the domain in which it runs is still Windows 2000 (domain controllers & AD)



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kabeer Karkare     Answered On: Aug 22

Yes, it's possible, though I can't recall seeing anything like this. The real
question is why would you want to do that? You can use the security  group
directly without needing to grab the individual users...

Answer #2    Answered By: Nathaniel Davis     Answered On: Aug 22

It is a request of my security  team: a WSS site  membership must be centrally
maintained by them, using AD security groups. If a member of the site moves to
another team, he is removed from the security group, and should automatically
have his site membership  revoked. But on the other hand, members  of a WSS site
can have different access levels (reader, contributor,...) that will be managed
by a "local" site administrator (a member of the team). The list  of members is
also an important feature: you can use it to know who are the members along with
you, who is online and who is not, directly access members' personal sites or
profiles, ...
When you say "it's possible", what do you mean? How?

Answer #3    Answered By: Zoe Cotton     Answered On: Aug 22

I'm still not seing anything that can't be accomplished by simply adding the SG
directly as a member of the site, unless there is somethign I'm missing. Adding
the group  will handle adding and revoking access, and once the user  has actually
visited the site  they will show up correctly in the members  web part.

Answer #4    Answered By: Alexander Scott     Answered On: Aug 22

Sorry to answer so late, but I eventually got a SPS server  installed in a "live"
domain (with AD and all), before that it was a single server with local users.
So I checked what you answered me and it does not work ! I have added a security
group from AD as a contributor to the web site. The group  appears as such in the
members web part. But then I asked a user  that is a member of this group to
connect to the site. After he does that, his name still does not "automatically"
appear in the members  list.
So unless I got it wrong, I still need some tool that allows me to extract
members of a security  group and add each of them to the members list  for my
Any idea (anyone)?

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