I am attempting to configure a SLES 11.1 server to allow 1000's of users in a group without exceeding the maximum character limit per group line in /etc/group. Under openSuSE 13.1 I can set the variable MAX_MEMBERS_PER_GROUP in /etc/login.defs to any number I need and usermod will create a new line in /etc/group with the same group name and gid to allow the addition of more group members. But my investigation of SLES 11.1 SP 3 does not honor that setting. Does anyone have insight into how to accomplish the same end goal under SLES 11.1?

Thank you!

Lee Fellows