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Working with group accounts


To view, create, and manage HCP group accounts, you use the Groups page in the HCP System Management Console. This page is available only while support for AD is enabled. For information on enabling AD support, see Configuring Active Directory or Windows workgroup support

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Note: If you disable HCP support for AD, HCP does not delete existing group accounts. If you subsequently reenable AD support, the group accounts become accessible again.

To display the Groups page, in the top-level menu, select SecurityGroups.

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Roles: To view, create, and manage group accounts, you need the security role.

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About the Groups page


The Groups page lets you create, modify, and delete HCP group accounts. It also lists the existing group accounts.

By default, the group account list includes all existing group accounts. The accounts are listed 20 at a time in ascending order by group name.

You can page through, sort, and filter the list of group accounts. The Groups page indicates which accounts are shown out of the total number of accounts in the current list.

To view additional information about an individual group account, click on the group name.

Paging

You can change the number of group accounts shown at a time on the Groups page. To do this, in the Items per page field, select the number of group accounts you want. The options are 10, 20, and 50.

To page forward or backward through the group account list, click on the next ( TenantForward.png ) or back ( TenantBack.png ) control, respectively.

To jump to a specific page in the group account list:

1.In the Page field, type the page number you want.

2.Press Enter.

Sorting

You can sort the group account list in ascending or descending order by group name. To change the sort order, click on the Name column heading. Each time you click on the column heading, the sort order switches between ascending and descending.

Filtering

You can filter the group account list by group name. The filtered list includes only those group accounts with a name that begins with or is the same as a specified text string.

To filter the group account list:

1.In the entry field above the list, type the text string you want to use as a filter. This string can be up to 64 characters long and can contain any valid UTF-8 characters, including white space. It is not case sensitive.

2.In the From drop down menu, select the forest in which the group exists. This filters the groups down to only the groups that exist in the selected forest.

3.Click on the find control ( FindControl.png ).

To redisplay the entire list of group accounts after filtering it, click on the clear filter control ( ClearFilterControl.png ).

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Creating group accounts


You create group accounts by first displaying a list of AD groups and then selecting the ones from which you want to create HCP group accounts. After selecting the groups you want, you select the roles you want to associate with those group accounts.

You can create up to the maximum supported number of group accounts in a single operation (that is, 100).

In HCP, each AD group is identified by both the group name and the name of the AD domain in which the group is defined (for example, hcp-admin@ad.example.com). The HCP group account created from an AD group has the same name as the AD group, including the domain name. Internally, however, the HCP group account is associated with the security ID (SID) of the AD group.

You can create an HCP group account from any group defined in the AD forest that HCP uses for user authentication. The only exceptions are predefined groups such as Administrators that have the same SID in all domains.

You can use a single operation to both create new group accounts and change the roles associated with existing group accounts. In this case, all the accounts involved end up with the same roles.

To create group accounts:

1.On the Groups page in the System Management Console, click on Add Active Directory Groups.

The Find and Select Groups section lists all the AD groups HCP knows about. Groups for which system-level HCP group accounts already exist are marked with a checkmark ( NamespaceCheckmark.png ).

2.Optionally, filter the list of AD groups:

a.In the Find and Select Groups field, type a text string to use as a filter for the list of AD groups. This string can be up to 64 characters long and can contain any valid UTF-8 characters, including white space. It is not case sensitive.

b.If Trusted Forests is enabled, in the From drop down menu, select the forest in which the group exists. This filters the groups down to only the groups that exist in the selected forest.

c.Click on the find control ( FindControl.png ).

To redisplay the entire list of AD groups after filtering it, click on the clear filter control ( ClearFilterControl.png ).

3.For each AD group from which you want to create an HCP group account, click on the add control ( PlusControl.png ) to select the group. The group row turns green.

Also, for each AD group with an existing HCP group account for which you want to change the associated roles, click on the add control ( PlusControl.png ) to select the group. The group row turns green.

To select all the groups in the list, click on Select All.

To deselect a selected group, click on the remove control ( MinusControl.png ) for the group.

To deselect all the selected groups, click on Clear.

4.In the Assign Roles to Selected Groups section, select the roles you want to associate with all the new group accounts you’re creating and all the existing group accounts for which you’re changing the associated roles. You can select any number of roles, including none.

5.Click on Add Groups.

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Modifying a group account


You can change the roles associated with HCP group accounts at any time. You can do this for an individual group account, as described below, or for multiple group accounts in a single operation, as described in Creating group accounts.

To change the roles associated with an individual group account:

1.In the list of HCP group accounts on the Groups page in the System Management Console, click on the name of the group account you want to modify.

2.In the Roles section, select or deselect roles as applicable.

3.Click on Update Group.

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Deleting a group account


You can delete a group account at any time. Deleting a group account has no effect on the corresponding group in AD.

When you delete a group account, AD users in the corresponding AD group immediately lose the roles granted by that group account.

When a group is deleted in AD, the corresponding HCP group account is not automatically deleted. However, the name of the group account changes to the SID of the deleted AD group. HCP group accounts that correspond to deleted AD groups serve no purpose and should be deleted.

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Note: The System Management Console may not immediately reflect the change to the HCP group account name. To force the displayed name to change, you can clear the AD cache. However, this also affects any AD users currently using HCP interfaces.

For information on clearing the AD cache, see Clearing the Active Directory cache.

To delete a group account:

1.In the list of group accounts on the Groups page in the System Management Console, click on the delete control ( DeleteControl.png ) for the group account you want to delete.

2.In response to the confirming message, click on Delete.

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