Hello, we are at the beginning of Jira implementation, and I wanted to know:
1. What are the pros and cons of creating groups in AD, then pulling them into Jira?
2. What are the pros and cons of creating them in Jira directly? And can you link them to AD at a later point?
Starting with your 2nd question. No you cant link/merge them later. So choose wisely.
Benefits of local user/group management
Benefits of AD based
I do the following.
Create an AD group for each project/role combination. For example if I have a project Foo, with roles Administrator and participant, I create 2 AD groups. "jira-foo-participants" and "jira-foo-administrators" then I can add the "marketing" AD group (as a group) to jira-foo-participants and the head of marketing to jira-foo-administrators.
then I just assign the groups to the role in the project.
I also create a "jira-software-licensed" AD group, and add all the other Jira AD groups to that one. I then in jira use that group for licensing. That way I know anyone who can access a project automatically gets a licenses.
(well actually I used to do that. Now we run both Service Desk and Software, and I want to make sure not to give both licenses to a user unless they really need it, So i do something different now. But if you only have 1 license time, the above works great.
As you can See, I am a big fan of AD based
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