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How do you import Active Directory security groups for SP into SharePoint itself?

I have created the group and added the users, just want to have that group displayed when you go to the Site Permissions for a particular site

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Add the AD group to one of the built in SharePoint groups like SiteName Owners or SiteName Visitors.

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hey Robert...this is Nick (Xcluziv) from We actually have quite a few groups in AD for SharePoint for different sites and within the group with have 3 subgroups which are (Owner, Member, and Viewer). Is there a way to get those particular groups inside SP since its quite a few – nholloway4 Mar 9 '12 at 6:22
You don't have to add them one by one. The box where you specific which user or group can be multiple users or multiple groups seperated by semicolons. – Mike Mar 9 '12 at 19:38
I was able to add the groups successfully – nholloway4 Mar 13 '12 at 18:15

In addition to Robert's suggestion, you can also grant an AD group permissions (Full Control, Read etc) directly instead of adding them to an existing SharePoint group).

Might be worth noting that with SharePoint you have to "grant access" to a group as opposed to "import" a group, in order for them to show up on the site permissions page.

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Gotcha Paul. Where do you import these groups within SharePoint? – nholloway4 Mar 9 '12 at 14:13
Thanks for your assistance as well! – nholloway4 Mar 13 '12 at 18:15

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