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Find unused groups in Active Directory

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Are there any utilities that search for groups in active directory that are unused and  don't have any permissions assigned to them?

W2k Server.

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Here is a link to an excellent post about searching AD for groups that have no members:

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&selm=uWSeykPNDHA.2408%40TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl&rnum=2

Although this looks like a good place to start for you, be sure to note the limitations that are described.

Hope this helps,
-jdm
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This one may be of interest to you as well:

http://www.rlmueller.net/Document%20Domain%20Groups.htm

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Thanks - those scripts could be useful but I'm more after something that can find out if a group is used anywhere on a server - eg: having directory rights
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Aha, I'm sorry that I misunderstood the question.  In that case, the simplest way I know of to find out if a group is used anywhere on a server:

 - Run Somarsoft's freeware DumpSec utility (formerly DumpACL) on the server
 - Use the utility's built-in search capabilities to search for instances of the groups in question
 - If you find an instance of a group listed, you will be able to see on which files/folders it is being used

DumpSec (freely downloadable from http://www.systemtools.com/somarsoft) may be used to dump the permissions for the file system, printers, registry, and shares.  If you need to dump the permissions on active directory objects, use DSACLS from the Windows 2000 Support Tools (on the server CD).  Redirect its output to a text file and use an editor such as notepad to search for the groups in question.

Hope this helps,
-jdm
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