we had the same issue with our own confluence installation. We had to rename groups. The bulk move was no option as all permissions would be lost in that case. So we backed up up the database and used the following queries:
Update cwd_group set group_name='new_group', lower_group_name='new_group' where lower_group_name='old_group'; Update content_perm set groupname='new_group' where groupname='old_group'; Update spacepermissions set permgroupname='new_group' where permgroupname='old_group';
These queries seem to preserve members and applied space permissions as well as page restrictions (Confluence 5.7.4). Please assure that the new group names match the requirements (lowercase only...). For for updating the group names in page restrictions you have to restart your server instance after the change.
Once again, make sure you back up your confluence instance before doing this.
You should also take a look at the related answers here: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/98523
Unfortunately it's currently not possible. We have improvement requests for both JIRA and Confluence, but for JIRA it's been confirmed from our development team that they are not planning to add this functionality in the near future. I suggest you vote and comment for the Confluence request.
The only workaround would be creating a new group and bulk move users from the old group to this new group.
Let us know should you have any questions, thank you.
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