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Manual Chapter: Configuring Administrative Partitions to Control User Access
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Overview: Administrative partitions for user access control

The BIG-IP system includes a powerful authorization feature known as administrative partitions. Using the administrative partitions feature, you ensure that BIG-IP system grants administrative users exactly the right type and amount of access to BIG-IP system resources. As a result, you can tailor user access to resources to exactly fit the needs of your organization.

Task summary

There are two main tasks for controlling user access to BIG-IP system objects.

Task list

Creating an administrative partition

An administrative partition creates an access control boundary for users and applications.
  1. On the Main tab, expand System and click Users. The Users List screen opens.
  2. On the menu bar, click Partition List.
  3. Click Create. The New Partition screen opens.
  4. In the Name field, type a unique name for the partition. An example of a partition name is app1_partition.
  5. Type a description of the partition in the Description field. This field is optional.
  6. For the Device Group setting, choose an action:
    Action Result
    Retain the default value. Choose this option if you want the folder corresponding to this partition to inherit the value of the device group attribute from folder root.
    Clear the check box and select the name of a device group. Choose this option if you do not want the folder corresponding to this partition to inherit the value of the device group attribute from folder root.
  7. For the Traffic Group setting, choose an action:
    Action Result
    Retain the default value. Choose this option if you want the folder corresponding to this partition to inherit the value of the traffic group attribute from folder root.
    Clear the check box and select the name of a traffic group. Choose this option if you do not want the folder corresponding to this partition to inherit the value of the traffic group attribute from folder root.
  8. Click Finished.
The new partition appears in the partition list.

Configuring user access to a partition

You can configure user access to a partition either when you first create the user account or when you modify the user account properties. This procedure shows how to configure partition access to an existing user account.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Users.
  2. In the User Name column, click the user account name.
  3. To grant an access level other than No Access, use the Role list to select a user role.
  4. From the Partition Access list, select a partition name. You can select a single partition name, or All.
  5. Click Update.
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