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    what is difference between an OU and a group

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    An OU is a "storage container" that can have other objects (users, computers, contacts, other OUs etc) in it. It can have a group policy attached to it, but does not play any other part in things, especially in security. Think of it as a convenient "pigeonhole" that things can be put into.

    A group is either for distribution (common email address) to many members or it is for security (permissions are given to a group hence to the members). You need to use OUs to organise your networks, but groups to control security on the network.

    IMHO it is one of the biggest ommissions of Windows2000 and 2K3 that OUs do not have a default security group attached to them.

    Tom
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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    Ossian Ltd
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