System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Tasks for Solaris User and Group Management Tools

The Solaris user management tools enable you to manage user accounts and groups on a local system or in a name service environment.

This table describes the tasks that you can perform with the Users tool's User Accounts feature.

Table 4–9 Task Descriptions for User Accounts Tool



Add a user. 

Adds a user to the local system or name service. 

Create a user template. 

Creates a template of predefined user attributes for creating users of the same group, such as students, contractors, or engineers. 

Add a user with a user template. 

Adds a user with a template so that user attributes are predefined. 

Clone a user template. 

Clones a user template if you would like to use a similar set of predefined user attributes. Then, change only some of the attributes as needed. 

Set up user properties. 

Sets up user properties in advance of adding users. Properties include specifying whether a user template is used when adding a user, and whether the home directory or mail box is deleted by default when removing a user. 

Add multiple users. 

Adds multiple users to the local system or name service by specifying a text file, typing each name, or automatically generating a series of user names. 

View or change user properties. 

Displays or changes user properties such as login shell, password, or password options. 

Assign rights to users. 

Assigns RBAC rights to users that will allow them to perform specific administration tasks. 

Remove a user. 

Removes the user from the local system or the name service. Optionally, you can also specify whether the user's home directory or mailbox is removed. The user is also removed from any groups or roles. 

For information about adding a user to the local system or name service, see What Are User Accounts and Groups? and User Account Components.

Table 4–10 Task Descriptions for Rights Tool



Grant a right. 

Grants a user a right to run a specific command or application that was previously only available to an administrator. 

View or change existing rights properties. 

Displays or changes existing rights. 

Add an authorization. 

Adds an authorization, which is a discrete right granted to a role or a user. 

View or change an authorization. 

Displays or changes existing authorizations. 

For more information on granting rights to users, see Contents of Rights Profiles in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

Table 4–11 Task Descriptions for Administrative Roles Tool



Add an administrative role. 

Adds a role that someone would use to perform a specific administrative task. 

Assign rights to an administrative role. 

Assigns specific rights to a role that enable someone to perform a task. 

Change an administrative role. 

Adds or removes rights from a role. 

For more information on using administrative roles, see How to Plan Your RBAC Implementation in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

Table 4–12 Task Descriptions for Groups Tool



Add a group. 

Adds a group to the local system or name service so that the group name is available before you add the user. 

Add a user to a group. 

Adds a user to a group if the user needs access to group-owned files. 

Remove a user from a group. 

Removes a user from a group if the user no longer requires group file access. 

For information on adding users to groups, see UNIX Groups.

Table 4–13 Task Descriptions for Mailing Lists Tool



Create a mailing list. 

Creates a mailing list, which is a list of user names for sending email messages. 

Change a mailing list name. 

Changes the mailing list after it is created. 

Remove a mailing list. 

Removes a mailing list if it is no longer used. 

For information on creating mailing lists, see the Solaris Management Console online help.

Table 4–14 Task Descriptions for Projects Tool



Create or clone a project. 

Creates a new project or clones an existing project if the existing project has attributes similar to what you need for the new project. 

Modify or view project attributes. 

Displays or changes existing project attributes. 

Delete a project. 

Removes a project if the project is no longer used.