Effective Active Directory Group Management



Not a Gartner Client?

Want more research like this?
Learn the benefits of becoming a Gartner client.

contact us online


Comprehensive group management within an enterprise is an organizational aspiration, but it is rarely done well. Groups identify related user populations to simplify managing relationships. Although business management is best-informed about these populations and the groups that represent them, responsibility for groups falls on administrators who are less informed about the life cycle of groups, members and associated resources. Without a formal mechanism for exchanging information between the business and administration, groups become inaccurate or obsolete, which leads to organizational risks. Group management must be recognized as a shared responsibility to realize the benefits provided by commercial management applications.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Analysis
    • When Is Group Management a Challenge?
    • What Are the Drivers for Group Management?
      • Risk Mitigation and Compliance
      • Administrative Efficiency
      • Organizational Effectiveness
    • What Solutions May I Already Have On Hand?
    • What Is the Range of Solutions on the Market?
      • Microsoft Management and Administration
      • Microsoft-Centric IAM
      • Dedicated Group Management
      • Identity and Access Governance
      • What Do the Tools Offer?
    • What Should We Do?
      • How Much Change Is Required?
      • How Do We Select an Approach?
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Recommendations
  • The Details
    • Group Management Vendor Profiles
      • Microsoft Management and Administration Vendors
      • Microsoft-Centric IAM Vendors
      • Dedicated Group Management Solutions
      • Identity and Access Governance Vendors
  • Recommended Reading
© 2012 Gartner, Inc. and/or its Affiliates. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction and distribution of this publication in any form without prior written permission is forbidden. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartners research may discuss legal issues related to the information technology business, Gartner does not provide legal advice or services and its research should not be construed or used as such. Gartner shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies in the information contained herein or for interpretations thereof. The opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

Free Research

Discover what 12,000 CIOs and Senior IT leaders already know.

Free Access



Why Gartner

Gartner delivers the technology-related insight you need to make the right decisions, every day.

Find out more