Analyze group profiles for conflicting attributes

You need to perform a similar analysis across the groups in the target set of computers. Centrify Professional Services offers scripts that assist in this process. If you are analyzing the files manually or writing your own scripts, here are the common issues you need to check for:

  • Determine whether any group name has more than one GID in the target set of computers. Like the UID, the GID affects file ownership and file permissions. On a single UNIX computer, a group name can only have one GID. However, across all of the computers in the target set, the same group name might have more than one GID.
  • Determine whether any GIDs are associated with more than one group name.
  • Determine whether any group has a different set of members on any computers in the target set. Group membership is particularly important for zone design. The members of a group must be consistent across all of the computers in a zone.

As with the user analysis, this analysis of existing group profiles will help you identify the requirements of your initial zone design. The zone design allows you to use conflicting attributes as-is, without modifying any of the legacy data. You need to be aware of where there are conflicts so you can address them, but you do not need to change values for any attributes.