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Max Group Membership Limits for Active Directory

While exploring the concept of maximum membership limits for groups, I ran into a number of posts which offered contradicting information. To set the record straight, we will start with with ancient history.When Windows 2000 was released, the recommended number of members in a group was 5000. This corresponds with the number of changes that could be written in a single replication cycle (if I have my facts straight.) Remember, back in those days, every time you changed the membership of a group, you caused the entire group and all its membership information to replicate.With the release of Windows 2003 came the concept of Linked Value Replication. This enabled you to make membership changes to a group and only replicate the changes in membership – adds, deletes, etc. Because of this, Microsoft hasn’t issued a new recommended limit. Here’s a snippet from a document titled Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2003:Recommended Maximum Number of Users in a Group For Windows 2000 Acti…