What is the purpose of the default Administrators group and can we delete it?

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Article ID: 37265

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CA Harvest Software Change Manager - OpenMake Meister

Issue/Introduction

Question: 

We have created an alternate Harvest SCM Administrators user group besides the default 'Administrators' group where we keep all the users with Administrator privileges. We would like to know: (1) what is the purpose of the default Administrators group, (2) if this is essential to the inner workings of Harvest SCM, and (3) if it's OK to delete it.

Environment:  

Any supported Harvest SCM environment.

Answer: 

Harvest Support has found that many of the database transactions that support Harvest SCM's change management functionality depend on this default 'Administrators' user group. Apparently these transactions process different depending on this user group, and it's not known how the product would behave if you deleted the Administrators group. We believe deleting this default user group could lead to problems with your change management in Harvest SCM, so we advise NOT to delete this group.

 

What you can do is rename this user group to something that signals to Administrators not to assign any users to it. You can keep it empty and place your Admin users into a separate group that you have created. For example, you could rename the default Administrators group to "Administrators - DO NOT USE THIS".

Environment

Release: SCMNCR99000-12.5-Harvest-Software Change Manager-Named User-Competitive Replacem
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