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AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices

Chapter 4. Administrative Roles

AIX Version 4.3 supports assigning portions of root user authority to non-root users. Different root user tasks are assigned different authorizations. These authorizations are grouped into roles and assigned to different users.

This chapter covers the following topics:

Roles Overview

Roles consist of authorizations that allow a user to execute functions normally requiring root user permission.

The following is a list of valid roles:

Add and Remove Users Allows any user to act as the root user for this role. They are able to add and remove users, change information about a user, modify audit classes, manage groups, and change passwords. Anyone who performs user administration must be in group security.
Change Users Password Allows a user to change a passwords.
Manage Roles Allows a user to create, change, remove and list roles. The user must be in group security.
Backup and Restore Allows a user to back up and restore file systems and directories. This role requires authorizations to enable a system backup and restore.
Backup Only Allows a user only to back up file systems and directories. The user must have the proper authorization to enable a system backup.
System Shutdown Allows a user to shut down, reboot, and halt a system.

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