Active Directory management tools restrict security principals that are allowed by the ManagedBy attribute


For group objects in Active Directory, when you use the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack, you can only use ObjectPicker to select users or contacts. You cannot assign a group to be the security principal for an account that is associated with the Managed By field.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Date Time Version Size File name
01-Oct-2003 09:32 5.2.3790.89 759,296 Adprop.dll


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.

More Information

This hotfix is intended to support companies who want to delegate permissions to manage group membership to the group itself. This capability was available in the Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Administrative Tools Pack but was not available in the Windows 2000 or the Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack.
Note In Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003, you can assign management of a group to a group if you understand how to use ADSI edit to change the value of the ManagedBy attribute, and you know the permissions to set.

In Windows Server 2003, the Managed By tab in Active Directory Users and Computers includes a new check box that lets the group manager update group membership. With this hotfix, you can select one of the following users or groups to be the manager of a group:
  • Any user, contact, universal security group, global security group, or well-known security principal in the local forest
  • Any local security group or built-in group in the local domain

The Managed By tab also appears on the property sheet for computers, organizational units, domains, and shared folders. The Manager can update membership list check box does not appear on the Managed By tabs for these object types. However, with this hotfix, you can now designate the manager of these objects.

This hotfix does not make any changes to the behavior of the
Organization tab where you assign a manager for the user, the contact, and the InetOrgPerson objects. To allow a group to manage its own membership for these object types, follow these steps:
  1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers and select a group.
  2. Right-click the group, and then select Properties.
  3. On the Managed By tab, click Change.
  4. In the Select User, Contact, or Group dialog box, click Object Types.
  5. In Object Types, click to select the Groups check box, and then click OK.
  6. In Enter the object name to select, type the name of the group, and then click OK.
  7. On the Managed By tab, click to select the Manager can update membership list check box.
  8. Click OK.

Note Permission for the group to manage its own membership will not be visible on the Security tab of the group until you close and reopen the property sheet.

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

ID do Artigo: 829756 - Última Revisão: 29 de mai de 2008 - Revisão: 1