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SYSTEM group, what is it for?

Hello Experts,  I am making security changes to my network.  I see in some of the user home directories on my server there is a group named "SYSTEM" on some directories and not on others.  What value does this SYSTEM group provide?

Also, I don't see this group in Active Directory.
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tucktech
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
System allows access to files and folders specifically for the computer to access files without using user credentials.
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KCTSCommented:
The SYSTEM group refers to windows itself - it normally needs to access all files and folders - you cannot control the membership of this group
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Mike KlineCommented:
Some more info on system, to piggyback on acbrown's answer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/120929
How the System account is used in Windows

Thanks

Mike

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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Having said all the information above, I should keep SYSTEM as a valid group to access home directories on the server, correct?
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Leaving it there won't really harm anything, and adding it to the folders that don't have it won't really give you any advantages. You can clear it out if you like, but it's effectively just a lot of ACL work for no benefit.
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