Hyena provides support for management of both Global Groups and Local Groups under Windows NT.  Hyena also adds support for management of Universal Groups when managing Active Directory-enabled domains. The information presented in this topic applies to both types of groups.  Global groups are only available for domain objects.


Displaying Group Properties and Members


Group objects can be expanded in Hyena's tree window to reveal the members of the group.  Double clicking on a group name will display the group's members in Hyena's list window.  The Properties dialog for a group or group member can be displayed from either of Hyena's windows.


To display the properties for a group of users that belong to a given group, display the group's members in Hyena's list window, then select one or more of the members, and display the User Properties dialog.


The View all User Member Details option (NT only), when used on a group, will display all of the group's members properties in Hyena's list window.   For global groups, this function will only show the details of the user members of the group.  This option can also be performed for any selected number of user group members in Hyena's list window.


When managing Active Directory groups, to view the members of a group in Hyena's list window, double click on the Members object under any Active Directory group.  Members can be displayed for multiple groups when the groups are selected in Hyena's list window, and the View Group Members context menu option is selected.


Hyena can also be used to view indirect group members.  Indirect members are members that are included (nested) in another group.  For example, the Domain Admins group is typically part of the Administrators group.  Hyena can view, export, and manage any member or group that is included in another group without having to hunt and search for the included group.  To visually view the indirect members of an Active Directory group in Hyena, right click on the group, and select View Group Members->View Direct and Indirect Members.  Hyena will show indirect members hierarchically indented under their parent group.


Creating New Groups


To create a new group under Windows NT, use the New Group context menu function from the main Global Groups or Local Groups object..  To quickly create a copy of an existing group (ie "clone" the group), use the Copy Group function available for any group object.


To create a new group for an Active Directory-enabled domain, either select the New... option from the context menu for any existing group, or display the context menu for any OU and select the New->Group option.


Long Group Names (NT Only)


Hyena supports long group names under Windows NT; Hyena limits group names to 64 characters long.  A warning will be displayed if a long group name is entered, as some native Windows NT utilities will not permit a long group name.


Renaming Groups


Hyena fully supports renaming a group.  To rename a Windows NT group, simply display the Properties dialog, and type in a new name.  To rename an Active Directory group, select the Rename option from the Group's context menu.


Renaming a group only changes the name; the SID of the group is not affected, so existing resource security settings are not affected by a group rename.


Deleting Groups


To delete a group, use the Delete menu option.  Note that multiple groups can be removed at the same time from Hyena's list window.  Be careful when deleting groups, as the operation cannot be reversed.


Copying Groups and Group Members


Hyena supports both copying groups from one computer to another, as well as copying the members of an existing group to another group.  For more information on copying groups and group members, see the Copying Objects topic.


Add To User (Active Directory Only)


Selecting the Add to User option from any Active Directory group context menu will allow for the selection of a user account to be added to the selected group, bypassing the need to display the entire group properties dialog.


Move (Active Directory Only)


The Move option can be used to move the group directory entry into another OU or Container.