If you're provisioning users from a directory server, you can maintain permission groups in Jive or use your LDAP permission groups.
Fastpath: Admin Console: People > Settings >
Directory Server Settings > Group Mapping
Keep in mind that if you switch between maintaining groups in Jive and in LDAP after your initial setup, you will need a migration strategy.
To connect your LDAP groups to Jive :
In the Admin Console, click People > Settings > Directory Server Settings
Make sure you've defined a valid connection to an LDAP directory server in the Server Configuration screen. (If you don't have a working connection defined, you won't be able to see the rest of the configuration screens.)