A group is an object that contains other objects much like a folder on a computer. Groups are used to organize objects like properties, CP codes, or hostnames, and are integral to access control in ​Control Center​.

Why do I need this?

Groups are required. When you first contract with ​Akamai​ and we set up your account, you'll start with a top-level group where your resources are saved as you create them. The resources that go into this group are not the content you serve over our network but are the objects you'll create in Control Center in order to tell our servers how to handle your content.

How does it work?

While groups work most like a file system on your computer, they do have some very important differences. Groups have a tree structure and contain many kinds of resources. They differ from how people typically use a file system on a computer in that they also control what users can access. In order to use to a resource inside a group, a user must be assigned a specific permission dedicated to that resource type and assigned to them for that group. Then, if the group has child groups, that permission is inherited for the user for all similar resources in all child groups. This inheritance can be restricted in the child groups. You can learn more about how groups work in relation to access and permissions in Identity and Access Management.

When do I need a group?

Your account always has at least one group. While you're setting up your first set of resources, we're putting them all in your default group. You can create new groups and move everything around later.

Gotchas and notes

Certain resources need to be in the same group in order to find each other. If you want to use a CP code to track traffic controlled by a specific property, the CP code and the property need to be in the same group.