Linking Confluence to SBS Active Directory and filtering by groups... how to actually make it work

We recently migrated our internal Knowledge Base to Confluence. Part of the process involved linking Confluence to Active Directory... one directory to rule them all... one directory to bind them... Anyway. Doing the basic connectivity part is easy - simply following the prompts should successfully link your new Confluence instance to AD, BUT what you'll find is that you return too many users, which with Confluence can have a relatively disproproportionate cost impact. The Confluence examples don't work, and neither does the MS doco.

You won't experience this issue if:

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Allowing RWW on SBS 2003 & Windows 7 to play nicely - group policy / adm template howto

If you're trying to RWW to a Windows 7 PC that is joined to an SBS 2003 domain, you may be seeing a popup error along the lines of " vbscript +"an internal error has occurred". In this scenario, RWW portal doesn't allow you to connect, but you can RDP successfully from your PC directly to the target PC in question.

Assuming that you've covered off firewall issues (you are allowing TCP 4125 to both the SBS box and the Win7 client, right?), then your next place to look at is the authentication level required by the target PC. To do this (on the target PC):

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