VRA – Business Groups

So we have custom groups and Business Groups. I briefly covered Custom Groups here.

Business Groups are intended to be aligned to the business organisation, meaning this is where an OU of Marketing may have a bunch of users who can request marketing apps or solutions and the Marketing Manager may be the approver on whether apps can be delivered or not. Additionally there may be special support users attached to the Business  Group who know the specific apps better and can quickly help with the support/troubleshooting of these apps.

So Business groups and custom groups is about entitlements but where custom groups are about the building blocks of VRA, Business Groups usually request items from the catalog and Business Groups have a set of layers inside them.

Before starting, I will create a group in AD. The names for the sake of this will be similar to to the Custom groups in names, for example T1BGUsers, T1 for the Tenant, and BG for business group since we just have the one group for now, and Users since it’s just users in general.

Before creating the Business Group go to Infrastructure –> Administration –> Machine Prefixes. In there click the “New” sign and fill in the required info. (Note: Click the little green check mark on the left of the Prefix line to create the prefix, moving on to other things will not save the setting).


So lets try to create a Business Group to see what it looks like.

Log into the tenant one as vraadmin and go to Administration –> Users & Groups –> Business Groups.


Click on the green plus to create a new Business Group. You are presented with a screen to enter name and emails, the rest are not that important for now so fill those in and then click next to go to members.


On the Members page is where you select who is the group manager, support roles and shared access role and finally the user role. None of them are actually mandatory to fill in, but for the sake of it lets add some values. Below you can see that only the shared access role doe not have a user or group added currently.


Finally on the infrastructure page we select the default machine prefix and also AD container. Select the Default prefix that was created at the beginning above:



You should now have a business group listed:


You will see that you have a couple of quotas listed ont he right. There is nothing in them yet because we have not set up that part of the infrastructure. Once that is setup we will see more information.