Creating New Groups In Vista

Hopefully before you start creating groups, you’ve spent some time planning how you’re going to implement them. Creating groups at random kind of defeats the purpose of using them to simplify computer administration. Planning involved identifying how many groups you require, what they will be used for and group membership requirements.

After you’ve finished planning, you’re ready to begin creating them using the Computer Management console.

To create a new group:

  1. Right click Computer and select Manage.
  2. Select Local Users and Groups.
  3. Select Groups.
  4. Click More Actions and click New Group

Under the Group name field, type in a name for the group. Be sure that this is a name that makes the group easily identifiable from the others. Optionally, you can type in a description for the group.

Next, click the Add button to select the accounts that will be members of the groups. Type in the name of the account and click the Check Names button. Select the appropriate account from the list that appears and click OK. Repeat this process for any additional accounts you want to add. Once you are done, click Create and then click Close.

You can add additional accounts to the group at any time by double clicking the group to open its properties dialog box. Alternatively, you can also right click the group and select the Add to group option. Click the Add button to locate the account you want to add.

Once you are finished, you can assign permissions to the new group. For example, you can assign the group Read permission to a folder on the computer. Through inheritance, all user accounts who are members of the group will have read permission to the folder.

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