Interesting Active Directory Groups

19 July, 2011 · less than a minute to read

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.

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Written by Richard Willis

Managing Director / Founder

Richard started SalamanderSoft in 2007 after a successful career as a software developer. Wanting to start his own company and with experience in integrating school systems he set out to build the best integration system for schools and to exceed customer expectations. He starting out on his own, doing all the coding, support and sales until finally the growing number of customers meant he needed to start growing the team. He is still heavily involved in coding the core Integration Suite product in addition to running the company and being the first point of contact for prospective customers.

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