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Windows-to-Linux roadmap: Part 4 User Administration
By Chris Walden - 2004-06-17 Page:  1 2 3 4

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Users and groups work essentially the same way in Linux that they do in Windows, except that only one group can be associated with a system resource. To think about groups in Linux, consider groups to be cheap and don't be afraid to create a lot of them for a complex environment. Create your groups based on resource access rather than on business units.

User and group information are stored in the /etc/passwd and /etc/group files, respectively. Your system will also probably have an /etc/shadow and /etc/gshadow file, which contain the encrypted passwords for added security. It is possible to work with users and groups by editing these files directly, but this should be done with great care.

All user and group functions can be handled from the console, which makes them scriptable. Tools, such as Webmin, also provide graphical ways of working with users and groups.

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