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From "Alex Karasulu" <>
Subject [Triplesec] [AuthZ] Environments and Groups
Date Wed, 24 Oct 2007 17:29:48 GMT
Environments and Groups

When releases are ready for deployment, systems and applications must be put
some operating environment.  Within any environment identities will exist;
will be users, some services and some will be specific hosts. These
principals for
the sake of manageability are often categorized together into logical
By grouping identities together, administrators can handle them as a single
where the same set of tasks may apply to the group whatever those management

operations may be.

Although groups are designed by administrators to simplify and reduce their
it's no coincidence that these groups are highly dependent on an
organization's structure
or the processes within an organization.  General groups may exist for the
organization.  More specific groups will exist for the departments of an
When processes drive the creation of groups, membership is a based on
similar functions
required of a group's members.  Sometimes processes are isolated to a
division, but more
often than not, processes span across divisions leading to the creation of
divisional groups.

We extract more glossary definitions:

   A set of distinctly identifiable entities which are categorically alike
within an
   organization, organizational unit or with respect to some organizational

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