Identity Cloud

Groups

The managed group object is a default managed object type, and is defined like any other managed object type. Users are made members of groups through the relationships mechanism. You should understand how relationships work before you read about Identity Cloud groups.

A group can be assigned to a user manually, as a static value of the user’s groups attribute, or dynamically, as a result of a condition or script. For example, a user might be assigned to a group such as sales dynamically, if that user is in the sales organization.

A user’s groups attribute takes an array of references as a value, where the references point to the managed groups. For example, if user bjensen has been assigned to two groups (employees and supervisors), the value of bjensen’s groups attribute would look something like the following:

"groups": [
    {
        "_ref": "managed/group/supervisors",
        "_refResourceCollection": "managed/group",
        "_refResourceId": "supervisors",
        "_refProperties": {
            "_id": "61315165-9269-4944-8db9-98f681c6b0a9",
            "_rev": "00000000586a94fd"
        }
    },
    {
        "_ref": "managed/group/employees",
        "_refResourceCollection": "managed/group",
        "_refResourceId": "employees",
        "_refProperties": {
            "_id": "2a965519-5788-428c-92d1-19fac497db8f",
            "_rev": "000000001e1793bc"
        }
    }
]

The _refResourceCollection is the container that holds the group. The _refResourceId is the ID of the group. The _ref property is a resource path that is derived from the _refResourceCollection and the URL-encoded _refResourceId. _refProperties provides more information about the relationship.

Some of the examples in this documentation set use client-assigned IDs (such as bjensen and scarter) for the user objects because it makes the examples easier to read. If you create objects using the IDM admin UI, they are created with server-assigned IDs (such as 55ef0a75-f261-47e9-a72b-f5c61c32d339). This particular example uses a client-assigned group ID that is the same as the group name. Generally, immutable server-assigned UUIDs are used for all managed objects in production environments.

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