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Managing Groups of Users

Note: This topic applies to the Framlingham Release.

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, thus enabling them to dynamically apply rules on a per-user account basis.

Local users can be added or imported to a particular group, with each group being organized to mirror an organization’s structure. Groups can be renamed by administrators to describe the users that they contain.

Currently, the Smoothwall supports 1000 groups and by default, contains the following groups:

Group

Description

Unauthenticated IPs

The main purpose of this group is to allow certain authentication-enabled services to define permissions and restrictions for unauthenticated users, that is, that is, users that are not logged in, currently unauthenticated or cannot be authenticated.

This group cannot be renamed or deleted.

Default Users

Users can be mapped to Default Users. The main purpose of this group is to allow certain authentication-enabled services to define permissions and restrictions for users that are not specifically mapped to a Smoothwall group, that is, users that can be authenticated, but who are not mapped to a specific Smoothwall authentication group.

This group cannot be renamed or deleted.

Banned Users

This purpose of this group is to contain users who are banned from using an authentication-enabled service.

This group cannot be renamed or deleted.

 

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