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Create Serv-U groups

Updated April 27, 2017


This article describes how to manage a group of users, such as a specific team or department, who need access to a specific folder or set of folders. This can be useful when configuring a group in order to provide blanket permissions instead of granting individual permissions for each new user.


All Serv-U versions


  1. Open the Serv-U Management Console.
  2. Go to Groups (or Global Groups), and then select Add.
  3. Provide a name for the group, and then configure options (The group can be assigned the same configuration options as users, and the options will be inherited by all its members).
  4. Click Save.
  5. Open the individual user accounts and go to the Groups tab to add users to the group.

Manage groups in Serv-U 7.0 and later

Groups can now be used to provide settings such as user home directories, delegate administrative privileges, grant
access to Virtual Paths, and trigger custom events and more just like individual user accounts. Any setting that can be configured at a user level can be configured at a group level, and all members will inherit group settings unless the setting is specifically overridden in the individual user account. Earlier Serv-U versions only allow a group to be used to delegate directory access permissions and IP access rules.

Use groups to set home directories

Groups can be used to set a standard home directory that is shared by all the users in your group and offers two
options in the form of macros. The %USER% macro can be used in the Home Directory field to create
individual user home directories that require only a single configuration. For example, using D:\ftp\%USER% as a home directory will automatically create a Home Directory corresponding to the user name. You can then set the directory access rule to the %HOME% macro so that all members have access to their home directory automatically.

Configure directory access rules with Windows users

Serv-U 9 features the ability to grant access to paths based on Windows accounts on a per-rule basis. This allows you to grant access to UNC paths throughout your network without the need to modify the properties of the Serv-U service.

  1. Go the Directory Access Rule option to edit a rule, and then click Advanced.
  2. A message will prompt you for the Windows user settings to be associated with this rule.

Note: It is recommended to use this option in a group because when the password or properties of this Windows user change, the directory access rule will also change.




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