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I am currently using SharePoint 2013. I have just added a user to an Active Directory Group with contribute permissions to a Calendar. Unfortunately, the AD group can contribute but the user can't. If I check the permissions, everything seems fine with the user having the right permissions. Still it can't add items to the list.

If I grant the permissions directly, instead of through the Active Directory Group , the user can operate correctly.

What's wrong with it?

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This is because of Domain Access Tokens and Security Token Caching.

An access token is not updated until the next logon, which means that if you add a user to a group, the user must log off and log on before the access token is updated.

http://www.sharepointanalysthq.com/2014/05/active-directory-groups-and-sharepoint-security/

This is due to the fact that Sharepoint imports the group membership information from Active Directory on a regular basis. the Frequency depends on configuration of your User Profile Synchronization service in central Admin. Profile synchronization is described nicely here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg188041.aspx#groups

Why are user permissions set in AD not updated immediately to SharePoint?

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