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Administrative Users in Sakai

How do you make an ordinary user into a sakai superuser?

Add them to the /site/!admin realm, of course:

To make any user an !admin user:
- open Administrator worksite
- visit the Realms page
- search for 'admin'
- open "/site/!admin" realm
- click "Grant Ability"
- enter their network-username and choose the only role: "admin"
- don't forget to click "SAVE" or nothing really changes

How do you revoke superuser privileges from a user?

To make an Administrator user back into an ordinary mortal:

- open Administrator worksite
- visit the Realms page
- search for 'admin'
- open "/site/!admin" realm
- click user-name in question
- click "Remove All"
- click "SAVE" <= if you skip this part nothing really happens :)

Why not just use Sakai's original "admin" user?

When you look at the catalina.out logs, you can see which username logs in, from where, and all that. If everyone in your IT department uses the "admin" username, how do you know who to go ask questions to?

Instead, if you have separate logins, each with /site/!admin privileges, you'll see who is really logging in. Lots more sanity this way.

So after you add /site/!admin privileges to some other users, change the "admin" password to something obscure and unusable, and you'll have lots less trouble tracking who's been doing what.

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Last update: 2009-08-14 10:22
Author: will trillich
Revision: 1.0

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