Essay on Linux Users, Groups, Files, and Directories

1960 Words Feb 1st, 2013 8 Pages
Since this is my first foray into Linux I had no idea what to write about in relation to being a Unix Administration. After looking at the topics I chose “configuration of users, group, and file/directory permissions for several reasons. The first is that I did spend some time many years ago setting up an active directory infrastructure so I am hoping to relate how to set up users in Linux to mirror that structure; if that is at all possible. The second reason is that one of the first thing an server administrator would have to do after booting and loading a file system would be to define permissions’ to allow people to get access to either the application or data on the server. I suspect that a lot of thought would have to be put …show more content…
In my paper I am assuming that I am building a server from scratch without any knowledge on how to do so. The server purpose will be to be a repository for the companies “Home” directories, where the employees will save most of their information that is either work related or personal. From my research it appears that the first thing I should do is to set up the users. The users in turn will set up directories based on the permissions I have given them. Generally speaking I am thinking that the user groups should somewhat replicate the organizational structure. I would be careful with some of the names of the organizations and not be as concerned about them as I have known, through time, that organizations change their names and therefore the structure of the directories will get “dirty” fairly quickly given this. I would be hesitant to use the specific names but if I didn’t do that in the beginning everyone will wonder how to navigate to get to their specific data. Also, one of the critical pieces that I need to focus on are the types of users to create useful group names and then I have to be sure to only give those users and groups access to the directories that will be necessary for them to perform their jobs and nothing more. There are several groups predefined in Linux but none other than the user group named “user” really

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