Are there any big difference between built in groups (like, approvers, designer, Site Collection Resources members, owners, etc.) and custom groups (like I created using SP gui. Sales-Marketing, Sales-Approvers, Sales-VP)

I have "Anyone can view this group checked". I am trying to get all the users in a group so I am using this web services _vti_bin/UserGroup.asmx and GetUserCollectionFromGroup method. When I use Approvers or other build in group it works. If I use a custom group then I get error.

Please suggest.

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In general there is no difference between built-in and SharePoint Groups. Are you able to view group members with the same account using the SharePoint User Interface? What is the requirement to use the web service. In general when you try to create code that runs on a web server you should use the object model or from remote you could use the client object model.

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