Note - The information in this chapter describes how to use the console with RBAC. RBAC overview and task information is included to show how to initially set up RBAC with the console.
For detailed information about RBAC and how to use it with other applications, see Role-Based Access Control (Overview) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.
The following sections provide overview information and step-by-step instructions for using the Solaris Management Console and the RBAC security features.
If you are the first administrator to log in to the console, start the console as a user (yourself). Then, log in as superuser. This method gives you complete access to all of the console tools.
Here are the general steps to follow, depending on whether you are using RBAC:
Without RBAC – If you choose not to use RBAC, continue working as superuser. All other administrators will also need root access to perform their jobs.
With RBAC – You will need to do the following:
If you do not already have an account, set up your user account.
Create the role called Primary Administrator.
Assign the Primary Administrator right to the role that you are creating.
Assign your user account to this role.
For step-by-step instructions on creating the Primary Administrator role, see How to Create the First Role (Primary Administrator).
For an overview of how RBAC works, see Chapter 9, Using Role-Based Access Control (Tasks), in System Administration Guide: Security Services.
An administrator role is a special user account. Users who assume a role are permitted to perform a predefined set of administrative tasks.
If you are superuser, or a user who is assuming the Primary Administrator role, you can define which tasks other administrators are permitted to perform. With the help of the Add Administrative Role wizard, you can create a role, grant rights to the role, and then specify which users are permitted to assume that role. A right is a named collection of commands, or authorizations, for using specific applications. A right enables you to perform specific functions within an application. The use of rights can be granted or denied by an administrator.
Table 2-2 Field Descriptions for Adding a Role by Using the Solaris Management Console
For detailed information about RBAC and instructions on how to use roles to create a more secure environment, see Role-Based Access Control (Overview) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.
This procedure describes how to create the Primary Administrator role and then assign it to your user account. This procedure assumes that your user account is already created.
% /usr/sadm/bin/smc &
For additional information about starting the console, see How to Start the Console as Superuser or as a Role.
The console online help provides more information about creating a user account for yourself.
The Add Administrative Role wizard opens.
If necessary, see Table 2-2 for a description of the role fields.
After you have created the Primary Administrator role, you will need to log in to the console as yourself, and then assume the Primary Administrator role. When you assume a role, you take on all of the attributes of that role, including the rights. At the same time, you relinquish all of your own user properties.
% /usr/sadm/bin/smc &
For information about starting the console, see How to Start the Console as Superuser or as a Role.
A list shows which roles you are permitted to assume.