PingDirectory Server supports nested groups where the distinguished name (DN) of an entry that defines a group is included as a member in the parent entry.
The following example shows a nested static group, such as
Group, that has
uniquemember attributes consisting of other
groups, such as
cn=Developers Group and the
dn: cn=Engineering Group,ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com objectclass: top objectclass: groupOfUniqueNames cn: Engineering Group uniquemember: cn=Developers,ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com uniquemember: cn=QA,ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com
By default, nested group support is enabled on the Directory Server.
The Directory Server uses a group cache to support nested groups without the
performance hit. The cache supports static group nesting that includes other static, virtual
static, and dynamic groups. The Directory Server provides a new monitoring
entry for the group cache,
In practice, nested groups are not commonly used for the following reasons:
- LDAP specifications do not directly address the concept of nested groups, and some servers do not provide any level of support for them.
- Supporting nested groups in LDAP clients is not trivial, and many directory server-enabled applications that can interact with groups do not provide any support for nesting.
Disable this support if:
- Nesting support is not needed in your environment.
- Nesting support is only required for clients but is not needed for server-side evaluation, such as for groups used in access control rules, criteria, virtual attributes, or other ways that the server might need to make a membership determination.
To create nested static groups:
Open a text editor, and create a group entry in LDIF.
groupOfUniquenamesobject class and
If you did not have
ou=groupsset up in your server, then add it in the same file.
- Save the file as nested-group.ldif.
Assume that the static groups,
cn=QA Group, have been configured.
The following example shows how to set up a nested static group, which is a static group that contains
uniquememberattributes whose values contain other groups (static, virtual static, or dynamic).
dn: ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com objectclass: top objectclass: organizationalunit ou: groups dn: cn=Engineering Group,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com objectclass: top objectclass: groupOfUniqueNames cn: Engineering Group uniquemember: cn=Developers,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com uniquemember: cn=QA,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com
- Include the
To add the group entry, use ldapmodify.
$ bin/ldapmodify --defaultAdd --filename nested-static-group.ldif
isMemberOfvirtual attribute that checks the group membership for an entry, verify the configuration.
By default, the virtual attribute is enabled. Use ldapsearch to specifically search the
isMemberOfvirtual attribute to determine if
uid=user.14is a member of the
In this example, assume that the administrator has the privilege to view operational attributes.
$ bin/ldapsearch --baseDN dc=example,dc=com "(uid=user.14)" isMemberOf dn: uid=user.14,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com isMemberOf: cn=Development,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com
In a text editor, create an Access control instruction (ACI) in LDIF. Save the file as
Use the group as a target in ACI.
dn: ou=People,dc=example,dc=com changetype: modify add: aci aci: (target ="ldap:///ou=People,dc=example,dc=com") (targetattr != "cn || sn || uid") (targetfilter ="(ou=Engineering Group)") (version 3.0; acl "Engineering Group Permissions"; allow (write) (groupdn = "ldap:///cn=Engineering Group,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com");)
Add the file using the ldapmodify tool.
$ bin/ldapmodify --filename eng-group-aci.ldifNote:
When nesting dynamic groups, you cannot include other groups as members of a dynamic group. You can only support nesting by including the members of another group with a filter in the member URL. For example, if you have two groups,
cn=dynamic2, you can nest one group in another by specifying it in the member URL.
cn=dynamic1,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com objectClass: top objectClass: groupOfURLs memberURL: ldap:///dc=example,dc=com??sub?(isMemberOf=cn=dynamic2,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com)
The members included from the other group using this method are not considered nested members and are returned even when using
isDirectMemberOfwhen retrieving the members.