The Smoothwall uses the concept of groups to provide a means of organizing and managing similar user accounts. Authentication-enabled services can associate permissions and restrictions to each group of user accounts, so they can apply rules on a per-user account basis dynamically. Local users can be added or imported to a group, with each group being organized to mirror an organization’s structure. Groups can be renamed by administrators to describe the users whom they contain.
Currently, the Smoothwall supports 1000 groups and by default, contains the following groups:
|Banned Users||The purpose of this group is to contain users who are banned from using an authentication service. This group can't be renamed or deleted.|
|Unauthenticated IPs||The main purpose of this group is to allow certain authentication services to define permissions and restrictions for unauthenticated users, that is, that is, users who aren't logged in, currently unauthenticated or can't be authenticated. This group can't be renamed or deleted.|
|Default Users||Users can be mapped to Default Users. The main purpose of this group is to allow certain authentication services to define permissions and restrictions for users who aren't specifically mapped to a Smoothwall group, that is, users who can be authenticated, but who aren't mapped to a specific Smoothwall authentication group. This group can't be renamed or deleted.|