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Renaming groups in an NT domain

By dsherwood2000 ·
What is the procedure and most effective method for renaming groups within an NT domain? There is no current scheme. All is chaotic. This is a step that will help aleviate management issues today and tomorrow.

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by -DaG In reply to Renaming groups in an NT ...

Unfortunately, you cannot rename groups in NT. All is not lost, however.

Through 3rd party tools (i.e. Hyena, and even the ResKit) you can export the usernames of the members of the group you want to rename. Export them to a text file, create a new group, then import them (using usr2grp) into the new group. When you're sure the new group is populated the way you want, delete the old group.

However...

Take care to make sure that all permissions associated with the new group reflect that of the old group. That goes for share perm, file perms, printers... Basically anything that group has access to. It's a pain, but really the only way.

Good luck.

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by Rudolph(UK) In reply to Renaming groups in an NT ...

The only ways to move the users are the ones mentioned in the previous answer. As a general rules to rename groups, bear in mind:
- Local groups must be created in the machine where the resource is and should only contain global groups.
- Global groups should be created to assign permissions to users.
- Do not create a group unless you cannot find the premissions you need in the groups already created by NT.
If you want to assign permissions to use a shared printer for instance, first create a global group "Print XX domain users" in the domain controller with the users authorized to use the printer, then in the computer acting as print server create a local group "Print XX users" which only members are the global group "Print XX domain users", . Finally assing permissions in the printer share to "Print XX users"

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by GaDawg In reply to Renaming groups in an NT ...

You can't actually rename NT4 groups but you can create a new group and use this software to provide the group with exactly the same permissions as the old group: Go to www.pedestalsoftware.com and download their 30 day trial of NTSec. It contains anice utility called swapacl.exe which will replace or clone existing permissions for one group with those of another. Create your new group, populate it (manually or using the usrtogrp.exe utility from the Reskit) and then use swapacl to replace thepermissions. Hope this helps.

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