Network Administration: Adding a Member to a Windows Server Group

Groups are collections of objects, called members. The members of a group can be user accounts or other groups. When you create a group, it has no members. As a result, the group isn’t useful until you add at least one member.

Follow these steps to add a member to a group:

  1. Log on as an administrator.

    You must have administrator privileges to perform this procedure.

  2. Choose Start→Administrative Tools→Active Directory Users and Computers.

    The Active Directory Users and Computers management console appears.

  3. Open the folder that contains the group to which you want to add members and then double-click the group.

    The Group Properties dialog box appears.

  4. Click the Members tab.

    The members of the group are displayed.


  5. Type the name of a user or other group that you want to add to this group and then click Add.

    The member is added to the list.

  6. Repeat Step 5 for each user or group that you want to add.

    Keep going until you’ve added everyone!

  7. Click OK.

That’s all there is to it.

The Group Properties dialog box also has a Member Of tab that lists each group that the current group is a member of.

Adding members to a group is only half the process of making a group useful. The other half is adding access rights to the group so that the members of the group can actually do something.