I had a question from a customer recently that was having issues adding users to Persistent Chat rooms. When they tried to add a user, they would get the following error:
Invalid members: <user>
Checking the category that the room is a member of shows that they added the Domain Users group as an allowed member:
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Unfortunately this doesn't quite do what they were expecting it to do. Adding a group doesn't mean that the users in that group, all domain users in this case, are available to be added individually as members of a room. What it actually means is that the group, Domain Users, can be added as a member of the room:
So what if you want to add individual users as members, but don't want to micro manage the category's allowed members? From the Understanding Persistent Chat Membership TechNet article:
We recommend, as a general rule, that you use Active Directory containers, such as domains and organizational units, for defining a category’s AllowedMembers and Creators.
So instead of adding a group, try adding an OU. In this example I added the Users OU, which contained the user account I wanted to add individually to the room:
Now when you try to add a user individually, as long as they're in that OU, they are able to be added successfully:
I've fough this issue before, and have mixed results. Usually an AD group has worked for me, but on occasions I had to add the user directly too.