When a Group Family discovers a grouping that is not linked to any group, it creates a new group, links the new group to the grouping, and adds the members of the grouping to that group. The Group Family configuration specifies a number of rules on how to set up certain properties for new groups.
The rules that control the group creation process are defined when the Group Family configuration is created. You can examine or modify those rules by using the Manage Rules button on the Controlled Groups tab, in the Properties dialog box of the Group Family configuration storage group.
- The Manage Rules button gives you access to a series of pages that are similar to those of the New Group Family wizard discussed earlier in this chapter. Clicking Manage Rules starts a step-by-step process organized into these pages:
- Group Naming Rule Group Family uses this rule to generate the Group name, Display name, Group name (pre-Windows 2000), and E-mail alias when creating new groups. For details, refer to the Group naming rule section earlier in this chapter.
- Group Type and Scope The group type and group scope that is assigned to the groups created by the Group Family.
- Location of Groups The rule that determines the container in which the Group Family creates new groups. For details, refer to the Location of groups section earlier in this chapter.
- Exchange-related Settings The rule that determines whether the groups created by the Group Family are mail-enabled, and a number of options pertinent to mail-enabled groups. For details, refer to the Exchange-related settings section earlier in this chapter.
You can navigate through these pages by using the Back and Next buttons. The Finish button on the last page commits the changes, if any, from all pages to the Properties dialog box, and completes the task of managing the group creation rules. The changes are applied when you click OK or Apply in the Properties dialog box, and can be discarded by clicking Cancel.