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Delete a group

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To delete a group

Using the Windows interface

  1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. In the console tree, click the folder that contains the group you want to delete.

    Where?

    • Active Directory Users and Computers/domain node/folder that contains the group

  3. In the details pane, right-click the group, and then click Delete.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group, or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  • Deleting a group is a permanent operation.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:

    dsrmGroupDN

 

Value Description

GroupDN

Specifies the distinguished name of the group object to be deleted.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group, or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • Deleting a group is a permanent operation.

  • To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type:

    dsrm /?

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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