Administrators can add new groups to the server or edit already existing ones in the Groups area. However, access rights for groups should be defined in the Database area by clicking Permissions. A group consists of one or several members (users). By creating groups, you can simplify server management because you can assign rights and permissions to whole groups instead of assigning them to single users.

The main view of the Group area displays the following columns:

  • Name: Displays the name of a group.
  • Type: Displays the corresponding type of group. The Server Manager includes Standard groups (local group, manually created by the server administrator), Azure AD groups (groups that have been imported through Azure AD synchronization) and Active Directory groups (groups that have been imported through Active Directory synchronization).
  • Domain: Displays the name of the root domain which is used for server configuration and Active Directory synchronization. Active Directory groups were imported into the Server Manager from this domain. 
  • Description: Displays the group description if added. You can add a description when creating the group or editing it at a later point of time. 

Besides, more options are available on the right:

  • New group: Use this button if you would like to add new, local standard groups to the Server Manager. The dialog window New group will be displayed afterwards. You can enter here the group name as well as a group description, if required. 
  • Properties: Open the group properties dialog box.
  • Delete: You can delete selected groups in the Server Manager.
  • Synchronize: You can use this option to synchronize selected groups with Active Directory or Azure AD separately without launching the Active Directory or Azure AD wizard and start the whole synchronization process all over again. In any case, however, please note that this option can only be used if the respective group was added to the Server Manager through Active Directory or Azure AD synchronization before. Therefore, the Synchronize option in the Groups area can be used, for example, for updating an already existing group in the Server Manager separately if their Active Directory/Azure AD data has changed. In this case, it will not be required to perform AD/Azure AD synchronization in general, if individual groups need to be updated only.
  • Assign database: Administrators can assign single databases to single or multiple groups at the same time. Besides, they can also create new server databases here and assign them to single or multiple groups at the same time subsequently. In the Permissions tab administrators can assign group rights at database level right away. You can also create private databases for your groups here. Those private databases are also stored to the company's server. You can find out more about private databases in the chapter Assign Database.
  • Select all: Select all groups available in the Server Manager. You can then perform further actions with them which will be applied to all server groups.

HINT: You can also access these options by right-clicking a group from the list. Apart from that, you can also filter the main view, for example if you would like to search for a specific group. To do so, enter the group name or a part of it to start search.