The easiest way to get up and running with Group Inspector is to edit the .config file that is delivered as a part of the download.

Adjust the title bar of the window by editing the caption attribute of the element.

<Applications caption="BudgetAccess Groups">
    ...
</Applications>

Inside the <systems> tag, add each new application system:

<Applications ...>
    <systems>
        <add name="production" displayName="Budget (Production)">
            ...
        </add>
        <add name="userTesting" displayName="Budget (User Acceptance Testing)">
            ...
        </add>
        <add name="systemTesting" displayName="Budget (System Testing)">
            ...
        </add>
        <add name="development" displayName="Budget (Development)">
            ...
        </add>
    </systems>
</Applications>
  • name should be unique, but is not shown to the user.

  • displayName is the caption that will be shown to the user for selection.

Within each application system, list the Active Directory groups that are relevant.

<add name="production" ...>
    <groups>
        <add name="budget-administrator" displayName="Administrators"/>
        <add name="budget-reviewer" displayName="Reviewers"/>
        <add name="budget-user" displayName="Users"/>
    </groups>
</add>
  • name is the actual name of the Active Directory security group itself.

  • displayName is the caption to display for the user - you should usually make this descriptive of the access level the group represents.

If you make an error and specify an Active Directory group that does not exist, the user will see a “friendly” error message. Additional information is available as a tooltip over that message.