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The error below is displayed when trying to create a new Service Desk Agent on JIRA Service Desk 2.0.2+:

The following error appears in the atlassian-jira.log:

2014-09-15 16:19:02,151 http-bio-8080-exec-21 ERROR johnsmith 978x1726x2 myhd5s /rest/servicedesk/1/servicedesk/create-welcome-project [] Could not add user: johnsmith to group: service-desk-agents
com.atlassian.crowd.exception.OperationNotPermittedException: com.atlassian.crowd.exception.ApplicationPermissionException: Group 'service-desk-agents' does not exist in the directory of the user and cannot be added.


  • JIRA is connected to an LDAP Directory with Read Only permissions as per the Connecting to an LDAP Directory
  • JIRA is connected to Crowd for user management



When a user creates a Service Desk they are automatically added as an agent. This involves adding that user to the group service-desk-agents.

The error is happening because the group service-desk-agents does not exist in the directory in which the user creating the Service Desk is authenticated (e.g. in the error above the error happened for the username johnsmith). JIRA also does not have permission to add the user creating the Service Desk to the service-desk-agents group because of the Read Only setting.


There are two possible workarounds for this error:

Workaround 1

Change the User Directory LDAP Permissions for the user facing the error to Read Only With Local Groups.

Workaround 2
  1. Add the group service-desk-agents in the Crowd or LDAP server.

    (warning) In JIRA the attribute below must be added to the the service-desk-agents group:

    You can run this query in the JIRA Database to identify the group id and directory id of the service-desk-agents group:

     SELECT * FROM cwd_group WHERE group_name = 'service-desk-agents';

    Use the id as <groupid>, and directory_id as <directoryID> in the following query:

    INSERT INTO cwd_group_attributes(ID, group_id, directory_id, attribute_name, attribute_value, lower_attribute_value) VALUES (9999, <groupid>, <directoryID>, '', '', '');
  2. Add the user creating the Service Desk and all the agent users to that group in the Crowd or LDAP server directly.
  3. Then navigate to JIRA Administration >> Global Permissions, and add the service-desk-agents group, and give it the JIRA Service Desk agent access permission


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