I have this case:
DOMAIN1\GroupA (Group type "Security", scope "Domain Local")
DOMAIN2\GroupB (Group type "Security", scope "Global")
GroupB is inside GroupA.
In a SharePoint subsite I have a SharePoint group which contains GroupA.
Users inside GroupB are not able to get permissions on this site. I can't test directly if users inside GroupA are able because this group is just a "container".

Is there a particular reason why this is not working? Maybe is because GroupA and GroupB are from different domains? Or maybe because the Global group is inside the Domain Local one?
I can provide to you more informations if it's required.
Thanks in advance.

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Nested AD Groups are not recommended with SharePoint and can lead to the results you're seeing. Unnest the groups [with SharePoint].

  • Can you provide some articles that explain this case? It will be helpful a lot to me.
    – Omar93
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 15:53
  • First, technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261972.aspx. Second issue is that if you're crossing forests domain boundaries, SharePoint will see objects within the group on the external domain as a Foreign Security Principal. SharePoint cannot 'see' FSPs. You can add users to a group in DOMAIN2 and assign that group to SharePoint, but users who are enumerated through a group in DOMAIN1 but exist in DOMAIN2 won't work due to them being an FSP to DOMAIN1.
    – user6024
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 15:56

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