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Create a Nested Group

If the user store is an LDAP directory, you can add a group as a member of another group. The group is called a nested group.

The group containing the nested group is called a parent group. Members of the nested group become members of the parent group. However, members of the parent group do not become members of a nested group.

Nested groups are similar to email distribution lists where one list can be a member of another. With nested groups, you can add groups and users as members in the group. By nesting a group in another group's membership list, you could include all nested groups members.

For example, if you created separate groups for the manufacturing, design, shipping, and accounting divisions of a company, you can construct a parent group for the entire company by nesting all the separate division groups as members of the company parent group. As a result, any changes you made to the manufacturing, design, shipping, and accounting nested groups would be automatically reflected in the nested group for the entire company. A group that is nested within another group can be dynamic and/or contain other nested groups.

The figure in Static, Dynamic, and Nested Groups Example shows a parent group created by static, dynamic, and nested groups.

Be aware of the following before creating a nested group:

To create a nested group:

  1. In the User Console, select Groups, Create Group.
  2. Choose to create a new group or a copy of a group and click OK.
  3. On the Profile tab, enter a group name, group organization, description, and group administrator name.
  4. On the Membership tab:
    1. Click Add a group to add a nested group to this group.
    2. Search for an existing group.
    3. Put a check next to the group and click Select.
    4. Click Submit.