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From the ACLU: Know Your Rights

May 11, 2010, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

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"Last week you learned the basics of using Access Control Lists (ACLs) and the command associated with them: getfacl, setfacl and chacl. This week you'll learn that protecting the rights of your users is as important as protecting your users from themselves. You'll also learn the effects of changes to user's rights.

"Managing users and permissions is a full-time job. That's why your job as System Administrator (SA) exists. Your job is to keep the system running smoothly for the system's users. That includes patching, file maintenance, performance measurement, capacity planning and user maintenance.

"It might sound dehumanizing to say, user "maintenance" but that's exactly what you're doing. You have to create, remove, edit and maintain user accounts. By maintain, you have to enforce corporate policy and balance those with user requests. This is never an easy balance to strike."

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