Granular account permissions?..

Hey Thwack folks,

Is it possible to provide a user group and/or user with access to edit / manage their teams nodes, however still be able to see (but not edit) nodes that are not theirs?

Not sure if that fine-grained access is possible within SolarWinds Orion. I'm sure I can setup the restrictions but have always wondered if there's perhaps some unique / interesting way to do this that I'm missing? Perhaps using account limitations? Not sure at all...

Thanks all!

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  • , not that i have been able to find. The workaround i've done for years is two accounts. One that has management rights over the particular nodes that they are allowed to edit, and then one that…

  • The way I've done it is by using Account Limitations, especially if you use AD groups or usergroups:

    -Create a Group with the nodes/queries necessary

    -Create/add the user or usergroups

    -Use the "Account Limitations" section under the Edit Account page for the user or group

    This was effective for me by saying "Hey, anything that begins with this name or has this machine type is a radio setup that the IT team doesn't need to worry about, but the (insert medical services group) folks need to see and manage this." We would also build views around those groups and change the default views of the group to help.

  • The problem is that this means the Nodes are not viewable to those accounts with the account restriction. I have a similar issue in my environment in that the users want to be able to view the entire environment, but I don't want to give any of them Edit Nodes rights to Nodes they don't look after. The way I got around this is that everyone has a Read-Only account by default, and we use AD Account Elevation. So there is a RW Account higher in the AD Group roles which has Account Limitations and Edit Node access. The users have an online portal where they can request access to the elevated AD Role (For a set amount of time and with an approved change request) which means the account will then change to only be able to View their devices but they will have edit access. When they are done with the change the elevated role is removed and they go back to having View access to everything.

  • Ah that's a pretty slick solution to it, nice ! Thanks for sharing.

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