Web User Accounts

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The 'Web User Accounts' page allows you to manage the local and Active Directory (AD)/Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) users that can access the system. You can add, delete and edit user accounts and manage account permissions. You can also configure and verify authentication of all the local and AD/LDAP users with the respective controllers/servers.

Both Windows 2008 and 2003 domain controllers are supported for this feature. Also, only Windows AD/LDAP servers are supported in this release. 



This page has two sections - 'Web User Accounts' and 'Active Directory or LDAP Settings'.  Each of these sections is described in the following topics:

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Web User Accounts

This section lists all the users, their roles, types and the description of their scope in a tabular format.




  • User - this field has the name of the various users that have an account on the system.
  • Role - this field defines the scope of user and the permitted actions. Based on the role, two types of users are permitted -
    • Admin - the admin account has full access to the system
    •  Monitor - the monitor account provides access to the ‘Report’ and ‘Help’ drawers. Access to other drawers is limited, specifically:
  • Authentication Type - the authentication type can be designated as 'Local' or 'LDAP'.
  • Description - this field describes the scope and permitted actions for each user role and type.


Some of the common tasks associated with Web User Accounts are also explained in the following sections -

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Adding a web user account

Perform the following steps to add a web user account. To add a new user to the system, click on ‘Add a new record’ or plus icon Add_Plus.png. In the dialog that pops up, specify the following:




  • Supply a name in the 'User' field for the user account. The user name can be a maximum of 20 characters long, as supported by Windows AD.
  • Specify a 'Role' for the new user account as either 'Administrator' or 'Monitor'.
  • Choose the 'Authentication' as 'LDAP' or 'Local'. If the user is specified as local, then provide a password for the specified user and re-type the password to confirm it.
  • If the 'Authentication' is set to LDAP, the view changes as shown below. No password is required at this time. The restrictions for username are identical to those of Windows AD.




  • The web user accounts page will now be updated to reflect the new user account. 



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Deleting a web user account

Perform the following steps to delete an account from the Web User Accounts page.
  • Locate the delete icon delete_icon_20X16.png next to the relevant account as shown below.


  • To delete a user, click on ‘delete’ icon delete_icon_20X16.png for that user.
  • Clicking this icon will bring up the delete confirmation dialog box shown below.




  • Press OK to delete this user or Cancel to exit out of this dialog.
  • You will now be directed back to the Web User Accounts screen.


File:User:AlpaK/StorSimple_Web_UI_User_Guide/image009.jpg Note:Admin” and “Monitor” are default user accounts that cannot be deleted.

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  Resetting the password for a web user account

This procedure is applicable only for the local users. Perform the following steps to reset the password for a local account:
  • Click the ‘Edit’ icon to the left of the username.  Clicking this icon will present the password reset dialog box shown below.




  • Type in the new password for the user in the text box next to ‘Password’ and then re-type the password in the text box next to ‘Confirm Password’; then click Update.
  • If you do not wish to change the password, click Cancel
  • Clicking Update will first verify that the password typed in the two boxes match.  If the two match, the password will be updated.  Otherwise, an error message stating “Passwords do not match” will be presented and you need to re-type the passwords.
  • You may sometimes need to refresh the view using Refresh_20X20.png located on the bottom right hand corner of the screen to update the list of web user accounts.

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Active Directory or LDAP Settings

This section of the 'Web User Accounts' page allows the user to configure and verify authentication with an Active Directory domain controller or LDAP server.




In this view, checking the 'Enable LDAP Support' allows the user to enable/disable LDAP authentication. Once the field is checked, the GUI expands as shown below.




The user can then supply the hostname or an IP address of an AD Domain Controller. Alternatively, you can specify an LDAP server in this required field. You can now Verify the settings and once the verification is complete, Save these settings.

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