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Using MCS for the First Time

The first time you run Management & Control Services (MCS), you must log in to the MCS console using the default "system" account. The password for the "system" account is specified during the MCS installation. The "system" account is a superuser account that allows you to initially access the MCS console to configure additional MCS user accounts.

Once you have initially accessed the MCS console, you must complete the following basic steps to set up additional MCS user accounts. It is recommended that you set up at least one MCS user account in addition to the default "system" account.

1. Specify the Level of User Authentication

The MCS Authentication function allows you to specify the level of security that is required to access the MCS console, as well as the level of security required for clients to access configurations stored on MCS. For details, see:

Setting the User Authentication Type

2. Select a Directory Service

The default directory service for MCS is MCS Directory. You can add new users and groups to the MCS Directory, or you can specify that MCS use another directory service to manage MCS users and groups. For the other directory service types, the user and group lists are maintained by that directory service, rather than from MCS. For details, see:

Configuring the Directory Service

3. Add Users and Groups to MCS Directory

If you will be using the MCS Directory to manage MCS users and groups, you must add those users and groups from within MCS (the MCS Directory is initially empty). For details, see:

Adding a User or Group

4. Grant Console Access Permissions

Once you have configured your MCS users and groups (by adding them to MCS Directory, or by linking to an external directory service) you must grant access permissions to the MCS users and groups who will need to use the MCS console. Granting a user console access permissions allows that user to access the MCS console to perform system administration functions. For details, see:

Setting Console Access Permissions

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