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Section One: Basic Administration > 7. Adding New Users

7. Adding New Users

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Adding and removing users is a routine chore on most systems. These tasks are simple, but they are also boring; most administrators tweak the tools provided with the operating system to automate the process and then delegate the actual work to an assistant or operator.

These days we are seeing a resurgence of centralized servers with login accounts for hundreds of people in addition to the distributed server with as few as two users. Administrators need a thorough understanding of the user account system in order to manage network services and to configure accounts appropriately for the local computing environment. Often, account management on servers is just one piece of the account-provisioning puzzle for an entire enterprise.


  

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