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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Using Groups to Manage Active Directory Objects

It is nearly always a good practice to aggregate users into groups based on common business functions or operational roles. Not only are groups easier to manage, but you also get a distinct performance improvement by using groups rather than individual users to control object security. It takes much longer to examine an access control list (ACL) with 3000 users on it than it does to check for a single SID that represents a group with 3000 members.

Properly creating and managing groups, then, is a critical task in Windows Server 2003. This section contains a description of each group type and guidelines of when to use each one. It also has step-by-step scenarios describing how the system uses group ...

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