Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Administrator's Guide

Dynamic Group Impact on Server Performance

There is a server performance impact when using dynamic groups. If you are testing group membership, and the DN is not a member of a static group, Web Server checks all dynamic groups in the database’s baseDN. Web Server accomplishes this task by checking if each memberURL matches by checking its baseDN and scope against the DN of the user, and then performing a base search using the user DN as baseDN and the filter of the memberURL. This procedure can amount to a large number of individual searches.