Choose the type of group to use | HCL Digital Experience

HCL Digital Experience offers many types of groups and locations to store the groups. Choosing the type of group and the location the groups are stored is an important step in planning for using groups with HCL Portal.

The following list provides a summary of available options for using groups in HCL Portal.
File Repository
Type of group: Static only
Advantage: Configured with your initial installation
Disadvantage: Not supported in production systems
Type of group: Static, Nested (optional), Dynamic (optional)
Advantage: LDAP is an established industry protocol, which can integrate with multiple applications. In most use cases, HCL Portal connects to and uses existing groups in an LDAP server.
Disadvantage: LDAPs are only required to support static groups. Individual LDAP vendors might optionally choose to support both nested and dynamic groups or to support either nested group or dynamic group. Check with your LDAP administrator to determine which type of groups your LDAP supports. If you have more requirements for using groups, consider to use an LDAP location and another location for the groups that are listed next.
Virtual Member Manager Federated database
Type of group: Static only
Advantage: Useful in situations where LDAP is read-only and needs more groups specific to Portal. Allows for cross-repository groups, that is, users from LDAP#1 and users from LDAP#2 may exist in the same database group.
Disadvantage: Groups are not accessible outside of the HCL Portal server.
Rule Based User Groups
Type of group: Dynamic only
Advantage: Provides dynamic group functions to HCL Portal in cases where an LDAP server does not support dynamic groups.
Disadvantage: Only supported by HCL Portal. Other WebSphere Application Server based products cannot use these groups. Groups are accessible outside of the HCL Portal server.