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Posted on 2011-03-14
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We recently added a 2nd DC; which operates on Server 2008 R2. The original DC is 2003 SP2. This weekend, i modified our user placements & organizational unit (OU) folders. The structure is now more in-line with our company and policies can be assigned accordingly, althouth we have not reapplied ANY permissions.

My challenge, is when we are assigning permissions to an object like sharepoint, i used to be able to assign to an OU...domain\OU_group. All of the current permissions need to be changed to reflect the change we made to the OU structure. It seems that we can not search based on our new OU names.
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If the permissions were based on AD Groups then the groups' changed location in AD should not call for this issue you are sighting. I am not sure what you mean when you say that the permissions had OU references ?
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What i mean is instead of assigning permissions to mydomain\joe_smith they are assigned to mydomain\executive or mydomain\sales so we are assigning to the OU group not the individual users, at least for sharepoint. in sharepoint, there is a domain query that allows you to enter either the user or group and it will query AD.
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Are "executives" and "sales" from your last comment AD Groups ? OU and Group objects are distinct things but your reference to an "OU group" is throwing me off. If in fact the executive and sales are AD Groups then the OU hierarchy changes you have made should not be an issue for a sharepoint or any other resource unless the group name was based on DN i.e cn=mygroup,ou=company,dc=domain,dc=local
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Should they be? Currently, i have them built as an OU so i can assign different AD permissions. Can i assign separate permission to an AD Group?
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Yes, it is a best practice to assign permissions on AD Group than to an OU where users reside.
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So i can have multiple with permissions, but it's best not to have a sub-OU, i should use AD Groups; which i can still assign permissions too? That makes sense.
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yes, use AD Groups.
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Gotcha. Thanks for explaining this. This makes sense now.
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