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I'm reading the documentation on Grouper, but I can't for the life of me figure out what the benefit of grouper is over storing groups in AD or LDAP. Can anyone shed light?

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It appears grouper allows you to delegate group management to end-users which may make sense for distribution lists, etc.
FWIW, AD already provides this functionality natively through Outlook (and proper permissions)

I don't know what OpenLDAP offers in this regard.

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