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Why can't i see groups in Windows 2003 DC

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I have a windows 2003 DC. I can search for groups and find them and even add users but I don't see them listed anywhere.   help?  where are they created and how can I see them?
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Assuming you are talking about Active Directory groups, you can use the tool 'Active Directory Users and Computers', located on the domain controller.  To run it, go to Start -> Administrative Tools -> Active Directory Users and computers.  It has a find function that will search and find groups based on names(or other criteria)
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by:Anthony H.
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yes. I figure that out. but how come I can't see the groups?
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If you want to see the groups, you need to look in the correct container in Active Directory.  To see what container it is in:

1.) Open Active Directory Users and Computers(ADUC)
2.) Click on the 'View' menu, turn on Advanced Features
3.) Search for the group using the Find feature in ADUC.  Right Click on the group, go to Properties.  Look at the Object tab, it will show you where the group object is located in Active Directory.  Then using ADUC, you can browse the OU structure to the location of the group, and you should see it in ADUC.

** Just throwing this out there incase we are talking about two different things, you'll never see the group that you created on the domain controller itself... domain controllers do not have local user accounts, nor local groups.  All access to domain controllers is based on Active Directory, and viewed in ADUC, other than NTFS permissions on the file system.
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I should probably follow up with ADUC is not the only means to view/modify Active Directory, but if you're new to AD, it is the most user friendly, and most accessible(seeing as you apparently already have access to a domain controller)
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