Is it possible to add a group of groups to a SharePoint permissions group


Group A

  • user1

Group B

  • user2

Group C

  • group A

  • group B

Therefore, when I update A group C is inherently updated. I can't do this in AD because this is a huge enterprise environment and this is for our internal site.

Thanks, Joe

3 Answers 3


No, that is not permitted. You could add security groups into the Sharepoint groups if they exist though, distribution lists are not supported.


You are out of luck. a SP group cannot contain any other SP group. It’s a big limitation.Although SharePoint groups can contain (AD) users and AD groups. Check this Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262690%28v=office.15%29.aspx



Is this situation the same for SharePoint 2016 or 2019? I see value in managing users through a parent group and the group inheriting the permissions if users are managed in other groups (that inheritance could provide more restrictions)

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