In Microsoft Active Directory, what is the difference between security and distribution groups ?

To quote the documentation below regarding Active Directory groups,

Groups are used to collect user accounts, computer accounts, and other groups into manageable units. Working with groups instead of with individual users helps simplify network maintenance and administration.

There are two types of groups in Active Directory:

Distribution groups Used to create email distribution lists.

Security groups Used to assign permissions to shared resources.

Full details here : Active Directory Security Groups

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