Interesting Active Directory Groups

19 July, 2011

Interesting Active Directory Groups

I’ve just completed a Salamander Active Directory installation. The school wanted quite a few different types of groups, some of which are very interesting.

Firstly some standard ones:

  • All Students
  • All Staff
  • Students by Year
  • Tutor groups (including the teacher)
  • Classes

Fairly standard stuff here, however all the groups were complicated by the fact that the school, and hence AD, was split into two, the sixth form and the rest of the school. So the structure was duplicated and groups went in different places depending on whether they were sixth form or not.

Now onto the more interesting groups:

Year x Tutors – All staff who take a registration group in year x.

Under 15 Students and Over 15 Students – The school has a content based media server and they wanted to target some of their content based on age.

An email group for each pupil containing all teachers who teach that pupil – That’s a lot of groups, but staff were beginning to get annoyed with bulk emails with subject “FAO teachers of x”. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, whether it has real value or whether it just clutters up the address lists.

I was pleased with how Salamander Active Directory could handle all of these just with configuration changes. I didn’t need to make any changes to the core engine, it just handled it beautifully.

Richard Willis

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