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The user accounts that are members of the currently selected group are displayed on this page. It can be used to get a quick overview of what users are currently inheriting the settings of the group at this time. Users cannot be added or removed from the group using this interface. Adding or removing a group membership must be done from the appropriate user's account properties window.

A user account can be granted one of four types of administrative privileges:

  • No Privilege
  • Group Administrator
  • Domain Administrator
  • System Administrator

The value of this attribute can be inherited through group membership. A user account with no privilege is a regular user account that can only log in to transfer files to and from the file server. The Serv-U Management Console is not available to these user accounts.

A group administrator can only perform administrative duties relating to their primary group (the group that is listed first in their groups memberships list). They can add, edit, and delete users which are members of their primary group, and they can also assign permissions at or below the level of the group administrator. They may not make any other changes.

A domain administrator can only perform administrative duties for the domain to which their account belongs. A domain administrator is also restricted from performing domain-related activities that may affect other domains. The domain-related activities that may not be performed by domain administrators consist of configuring their domain listeners or configuring ODBC database access for the domain.

A system administrator can perform any file server administration activity including creating and deleting domains, user accounts, or even updating the license of the file server. A user account with system administrator privileges that is logged in through HTTP remote administration can essentially administer the server as if they had physical access to the system.

Serv-U also supports read-only administrator accounts which can allow administrators to log in and view configuration options at the domain or server level, greatly aiding remote problem diagnosis when working with outside parties. Read-only administrator privileges are identical to their full-access equivalents, except that they cannot change any settings or create, delete or edit user accounts.

When you configure a user account with administrative privileges, take care in specifying their home directory. An administrator with a home directory other than "\" (root) that is locked in their home directory may not use absolute file paths outside of their home directory when configuring the file server. Instead, relative paths must be used.

Additionally, such a user account can also use setting files located outside the home directory, however, these files must also be specified by using relative paths, for example, ../../exampleFile.txt.

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