Gartner Research

Effective Active Directory Group Management

Published: 21 May 2012

ID: G00229286

Analyst(s): Kevin Kampman


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


  • 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

The Details

  • Group Management Vendor Profiles
    • Microsoft Management and Administration Vendors
    • Microsoft-Centric IAM Vendors
    • Dedicated Group Management Solutions
    • Identity and Access Governance Vendors

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