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Managing User Accounts

iTop provides a user management module allowing administrators to assign users with one (or more) predefined profiles. The combination of profiles determines for each user the actions she/he is allowed to performed in iTop (viewing, creating/modifying or deleting which objects).

In the current version of iTop, the profiles are predefined; there is no user interface to modify them or to create new profiles.

Viewing Profiles

Use the “Admin Tools / Profiles” menu to access the profiles and see their corresponding definitions as shown below:

List of all profiles

When you click on a given profile, the details of this profile are displayed.

Details of a Profile

  • The tab “Users”, lists all users having this profile.
  • The tab “Grant matrix” displays, for each class of objects, all the actions allowed for this profile.

Default profiles

Profile Description
Administrator Has the rights on everything (bypassing any control)
Change Approver Person who could be impacted by some changes.
Change Implementor Person executing the changes.
Change Supervisor Person responsible for the overall change execution.
Configuration Manager Person in charge of the documentation of the managed CIs.
Document author Any person who could contribute to documentation.
Portal user Has the rights to access to the user portal. People having this profile will not be allowed to access the standard application; they will be automatically redirected to the user portal.
Portal power user New in 2.0.1. Users having this profile will have the rights to see all the tickets for a customer in the portal. Must be used in conjunction with other profiles (e.g. Portal User).
Problem Manager Person analyzing and solving the current problems.
Service Desk Agent Person in charge of creating incident reports.
Service Manager Person responsible for the service delivered to the [internal] customer.
Support Agent Person analyzing and solving the current incidents.

Viewing User Accounts

The menu “User Accounts” under “Admin Tools” module, enables you to see all logins defined for your iTop instance.

List of all user accounts

When clicking on a user you get the following details:

Details o fa User Account

A user account must be linked to a Person stored in the CMDB (See the CMDB Module documentation). Prior to creating a login, make sure that the user is documented as a Person in the CMDB.

If no contact is defined for a login, then that login will suffer several limitations (list not exhaustive):

  • Cannot receive email notifications. Example: a ticket has been created for customer x.
  • Cannot be responsible for something. Example: the agent a ticket is assigned to.
  • No access to the customer portal.

The tab “Profiles” list all profiles that are linked to this user. The tab “Grants matrix” display rights allowed for this user. It is the merge of all rights corresponding to associated profiles. The tab “Allowed Organizations” display list of organization this user is allowed to see.

Creating a user

To create a new user you just have to click on “New” in action drop down list, from either user list or a given user detail. The following wizard then appears:

Creating a new User Account

Administrators can define different types of user accounts, depending on the desired type of authentication:

  • iTop user accounts are internal to iTop. Their passwords are stored (encrypted) within the database of iTop. This type of account is useful for administrative users, for scripts and integration with other applications.
  • LDAP user accounts have their authentication done by an external LDAP or Active Directory server.
  • External user accounts have their authentication managed directly by the web server, for example when using an Apache .htaccess file or when using an external single-sign-on solution, like for example JASIG-CAS.

All the details about authentication in iTop are described in the chapter User authentication options.

If you decide to create an iTop user, you have to type-in the password and to retype it a second time for confirmation. An exclamation sign appears at the right of the password field if both passwords do not match.

Creating a new iTop User

A user record defines:

  • The favorite language of this user, that will be used for displaying the iTop user interface.
  • The contact linked to this user account. This contact is also used - for portal users - to determine the default organization of the portal.
  • The list of profiles for this account. Each iTop user account must have at least one profile.

Editing an account's profiles

The “Add Profiles…” button displays the search window for selecting the profiles you want to assign to the user.

Adding profiles to an account

The profiles assigned to the user can be changed later on using the “Modify” action for a user.

Import logins massively

To create many logins in a few steps, you can use the CSV import tools.

Import user account in CLI

Restricting access to a set of Organizations

Administrators can define for each user the list of organizations she/he is allowed to access using the “Allowed Organizations” tab. If no organization is selected, the user is allowed to see all of them.

In case of a hierarchy of organizations (when some organizations have a parent organization), the rights are inherited from the parent to the child organizations. In other words, if a user has the rights to access the parent organization, then this user has also the rights to access all the child organizations of this organization.

All the objects belonging to an organization which is forbidden to a given user are completely hidden from this user. For this user, the application behaves as if such object did not exist.

If the contact corresponding to a user is in a forbidden organization for her/him, it looks (for this user) as if the contact does not exist. Since all users accessing the portal must be linked to a contact, such a configuration will prevent this user from accessing the iTop portal!

The selected organizations can be changed later on using the “Modify” action for a user.

Changing a user password

The administrator can change a user password if required by simply using the “Modify” action for a user. This can be useful to reset the password of a user.

Users can change their own password by clicking on the “Log-Off” menu and selecting “Change password…”.

The passwords are stored encrypted (one way) in the iTop database, and therefore cannot be reconstructed from the content of the database.

I forgot my password

Users having an iTop user type of account can reset their password on their own: there will be no need for the administrator to do anything.

More information in the chapter I forgot my password.

2_2_0/admin/managing_user_accounts.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/19 11:40 (external edit)
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