Using Task Manager.docx

Go to users and lets add another user account to the

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'Groups'. Go to 'Users' and let's add another user account to the system. We'll right click on 'Users' click on 'New User'. We provide the user name for the system, 'PHuff' full name is Patricia Huff. And now we'll provide Patricia with a password. And notice we don't have that dreaded password hint field that is required in the Settings app here in Computer Management. We do have the option down here however to force the user to change their password at next log on and that's actually a really good idea because the principle of least privilege, remember says that I should have enough access to do my job on the system and no more. Well does the system administrator, me, need to know PHuff's password? No. We don't need to. In face it's a liability and a security risk for me to know other users passwords. Therefore, we're going to set 'PHuff' up with an initial password and then the first time she logs in she'll be forced to change it to something else. That way I don't know what it is. Let's go ahead and create PHuff's account. Click close and we see 'PHuff' added to the list of user accounts. Now let's suppose that 'PHuff' is a contractor. PHuff only comes in for maybe a week at a time, does few jobs and she leaves anddoesn't come back on site for a couple of weeks. Well while she's on site I want her account enabled. But while she's not on site and not working, then I don't want her account to be active because it provides a potential security hole in to my system. So, what I can do is, while PHuff is off contract we can come down here and go to 'Properties' and then mark this option right here. 'Account is Disabled' and apply the change. By doing this the account is still there, all of the permissions I've assigned to that account are still in place but nobody can log inas PHuff, then when we contract with Pat to come back in and do some work, I simply have to go in here, go to 'Properties' and re-enable her account and she can now log in, everything's in place forher to do her work. Now in addition to managing users in Computer Management I can also manage groups, in User Management as the snap in implies. Now if I click on 'Groups' I can see a list of all the default groups that were created when the system was initially installed. Now, each of these groups has a different level of access to the system. This makes administration really easy. If I have a user that needs to fulfill a particular job role, instead of manually assigning them all the permissions they need to do it all. All I have to do is drop their user account in a particular group. For example, if I have a user that needs to be an administrator on the system, all I have to do is make them a member of the administrators group. And they automatically then have the access that they need.
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