Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Administration Guide

Grouping Entries for Simplified Management

You can simplify entry management by associating related entries in groups. The group mechanism makes it easy to retrieve a list of entries that are members of a given group and set access permissions for a whole group.

Entries can be managed as members of dynamic and static groups. Static groups are suitable for groups with few members, such as a group of directory administrators. A dynamic group specifies one or more URL search filters, so the dynamic group membership is defined each time these search filters are evaluated.

You can retrieve a list of all the static groups a given user is a member of by using the dynamic isMemberOf attribute. This attribute is located in the user entry and in nested group entries and holds the DNs of the static groups to which the member belongs. For example, Kirsten Vaughan is a new system administrator in the human resources department. Her entry shows that she is a member of both the System Administrators group and the HR Managers group.

$ ldapsearch -b "dc=example,dc=com" uid=kvaughan isMemberOf

uid=kvaughan, ou=People, dc=example,dc=com
isMemberOf: cn=System Administrators, ou=Groups, dc=example,dc=com 
isMemberOf: cn=HR Managers,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com

Membership testing for group entries has been improved. These improvements remove some of the previous restrictions on static groups, specifically the restriction on group size. This performance improvement is only effective after the group entry has been loaded into the entry cache.