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Overview of Groups

In Windows 2000, groups allow collections of objects in the Active Directory to be referred to as a single object. Essentially, they are "one-to-many" pointers that can be used to refer to a collection of objects as a single entity. Although groups are actually references and not containers, it is common to say a group "contains" objects.

Groups are a primary tool used by system administrators to reduce the burden of managing large numbers of users. This section details the various types of groups available in Windows 2000 and focuses on the many ways administrators can manage groups themselves—both manually and programmatically—to further reduce administrative burden.


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