You can select from a number of directory services for managing users and groups in MCS. Directory service options include:
You can modify the users and groups that appear in the MCS directory. For the other directory service types, the user and group lists are maintained by that directory service. MCS references the user and group list based on the server address you specify when configuring the directory service in MCS.
Regardless of the directory service you use, you can also create virtual groups, which you can use to organize users within MCS and simplify assigning access rights. Virtual groups exist only within MCS; they are not added to your external directory service.
Once you have created users and groups in the MCS directory or configured an external directory service, you can configure security settings for the MCS users and groups. For information, see Overview of Security.
|If you change the directory service type or configure the server address, you will lose all assignments of configurations to users and groups and all user and group permissions, including rights to configure the server. Make sure that you assign rights to configure the server to an administrator in the new directory service before you restart the server; otherwise, you will no longer have access to configure and manage MCS. (There is, however, a superuser, "System," with a password specified when MCS is installed. This user always has access, and can configure the server and assign rights.)|
|To configure the directory service for an MCS server or server cluster|
|Overview of Security|
|Setting the User Authentication Type|
|Managing Access to Administration Features|
|Adding a User or Group to the Directory Service|