Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.4
Configuring Role-Based Access Control
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Configuring Role-Based Access Control

Contents

Configuring Role-Based Access Control

This chapter includes the following sections:

Role-Based Access Control

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is a method of restricting or authorizing system access for users based on user roles and locales. A role defines the privileges of a user in the system and the locale defines the organizations (domains) that a user is allowed access. Because users are not directly assigned privileges, management of individual user privileges is simply a matter of assigning the appropriate roles and locales.

A user is granted write access to desired system resources only if the assigned role grants the access privileges and the assigned locale allows access. For example, a user with the Server Administrator role in the Engineering organization could update server configurations in the Engineering organization but could not update server configurations in the Finance organization unless the locales assigned to the user include the Finance organization.

User Accounts for Cisco UCS Manager

User accounts are used to access the system. Up to 48 user accounts can be configured in each Cisco UCS instance. Each user account must have a unique username and password.

A user account can be set with a SSH public key. The public key can be set in either of the two formats: OpenSSH and SECSH.

Default User Account

Each Cisco UCS instance has a default user account, admin, which cannot be modified or deleted. This account is the system administrator or superuser account and has full privileges. There is no default password assigned to the admin account; you must choose the password during the initial system setup.

The admin account is always active and does not expire. You cannot configure the admin account as inactive.

Local User Accounts

Local user accounts are authenticated directly through the fabric interconnect and can be enabled or disabled by anyone with admin or aaa privileges. Once a local user account is disabled, the user cannot log in. Configuration details for disabled local user accounts are not deleted by the database. If you re-enable a disabled local user account, the account becomes active again with the existing configuration, including username and password.

Remote User Accounts

A remotely authenticated user account is any user account that is authenticated through LDAP, RADIUS, or TACACS+.

If a user maintains a local user account and a remote user account simultaneously, the roles defined in the local user account override those maintained in the remote user account.

Expiration of User Accounts

User accounts can be configured to expire at a predefined time. When the expiration time is reached, the user account is disabled.

By default, user accounts do not expire.


Note


After you configure a user account with an expiration date, you cannot reconfigure the account to not expire. You can, however, configure the account with the latest date available.


Guidelines for Cisco UCS Manager Usernames

The username is also used as the login ID for Cisco UCS Manager. When you assign usernames to Cisco UCS Manager user accounts, consider the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • The login ID can contain between 1 and 32 characters, including the following:
    • Any alphabetic character
    • Any digit
    • _ (underscore)
    • - (dash)
    • . (dot)
  • The unique username for each user account cannot be all-numeric. You cannot create a local user with an all-numeric username.
  • The unique username must start with an alphabetic character. It cannot start with a number or a special character, such as an underscore.

After you create a user account, you cannot change the username. You must delete the user account and create a new one.

Reserved Words: Local User Accounts

The following words cannot be used when creating a local user account in Cisco UCS Manager.

  • root
  • bin
  • daemon
  • adm
  • ip
  • sync
  • shutdown
  • halt
  • news
  • uucp
  • operator
  • games
  • gopher
  • nobody
  • nscd
  • mailnull
  • mail
  • rpcuser
  • rpc
  • mtsuser
  • ftpuser
  • ftp
  • man
  • sys
  • samdme
  • debug

Guidelines for Cisco UCS Manager Passwords

A password is required for each locally authenticated user account. A user with admin or aaa privileges can configure Cisco UCS Manager to perform a password strength check on user passwords. If the password strength check is enabled, each user must have a strong password.

Cisco recommends that each user have a strong password. If you enable the password strength check for locally authenticated users, Cisco UCS Manager rejects any password that does not meet the following requirements:

  • Must contain a minimum of 8 characters and a maximum of 64 characters.
  • Must contain at least three of the following:
    • Lower case letters
    • Upper case letters
    • Digits
    • Special characters
  • Must not contain a character that is repeated more than 3 times consecutively, such as aaabbb.
  • Must not be identical to the username or the reverse of the username.
  • Must pass a password dictionary check. For example, the password must not be based on a standard dictionary word.
  • Must not contain the following symbols: $ (dollar sign), ? (question mark), and = (equals sign).
  • Should not be blank for local user and admin accounts.

Web Session Limits for User Accounts

Web session limits are used by Cisco UCS Manager to restrict the number of web sessions (both GUI and XML) a given user account is permitted to access at any one time.

By default, the number of concurrent web sessions allowed by Cisco UCS Manager is set to 32; although this value can be configured up to the system maximum of 256.

User Roles

User roles contain one or more privileges that define the operations allowed for the user who is assigned the role. A user can be assigned one or more roles. A user assigned multiple roles has the combined privileges of all assigned roles. For example, if Role1 has storage related privileges, and Role2 has server related privileges, users who are assigned to both Role1 and Role2 have storage and server related privileges.

A Cisco UCS instance can contain up to 48 user roles, including the default user roles.

All roles include read access to all configuration settings in the Cisco UCS instance. The difference between the read-only role and other roles is that a user who is only assigned the read-only role cannot modify the system state. A user assigned another role can modify the system state in that user's assigned area or areas.

Roles can be created, modified to add new or remove existing privileges, or deleted. When a role is modified, the new privileges are applied to all users assigned to that role. Privilege assignment is not restricted to the privileges defined for the default roles. That is, you can use a custom set of privileges to create a unique role. For example, the default Server Administrator and Storage Administrator roles have different set of privileges, but a new Server and Storage Administrator role can be created that combines the privileges of both roles.

If a role is deleted after it has been assigned to users, it is also deleted from those user accounts.

User profiles on AAA servers (RADIUS or TACACS+) should be modified to add the roles corresponding to the privileges granted to that user. The attribute is used to store the role information. The AAA servers return this attribute with the request and parse it to get the roles. LDAP servers return the roles in the user profile attributes.


Note


If a local user account and a remote user account have the same username, any roles assigned to the remote user are overridden by those assigned to the local user.


Default User Roles

The system contains the following default user roles:

AAA Administrator

Read-and-write access to users, roles, and AAA configuration. Read access to the rest of the system.

Administrator

Complete read-and-write access to the entire system. The default admin account is assigned this role by default and it cannot be changed.

Facility Manager

Read-and-write access to power management operations through the power-mgmt privilege. Read access to the rest of the system.

Network Administrator

Read-and-write access to fabric interconnect infrastructure and network security operations. Read access to the rest of the system.

Operations

Read-and-write access to systems logs, including the syslog servers, and faults. Read access to the rest of the system.

Read-Only

Read-only access to system configuration with no privileges to modify the system state.

Server Equipment Administrator

Read-and-write access to physical server related operations. Read access to the rest of the system.

Server Profile Administrator

Read-and-write access to logical server related operations. Read access to the rest of the system.

Server Security Administrator

Read-and-write access to server security related operations. Read access to the rest of the system.

Storage Administrator

Read-and-write access to storage operations. Read access to the rest of the system.

Reserved Words: User Roles

The following words cannot be used when creating custom roles in Cisco UCS Manager.

  • network-admin
  • network-operator
  • vdc-admin
  • vdc-operator
  • server-admin

Privileges

Privileges give users assigned to user roles access to specific system resources and permission to perform specific tasks. The following table lists each privilege and the user role given that privilege by default.

Table 1 User Privileges

Privilege

Description

Default Role Assignment

aaa

System security and AAA

AAA Administrator

admin

System administration

Administrator

ext-lan-config

External LAN configuration

Network Administrator

ext-lan-policy

External LAN policy

Network Administrator

ext-lan-qos

External LAN QoS

Network Administrator

ext-lan-security

External LAN security

Network Administrator

ext-san-config

External SAN configuration

Storage Administrator

ext-san-policy

External SAN policy

Storage Administrator

ext-san-qos

External SAN QoS

Storage Administrator

ext-san-security

External SAN security

Storage Administrator

fault

Alarms and alarm policies

Operations

operations

Logs and Smart Call Home

Operations

pod-config

Pod configuration

Network Administrator

pod-policy

Pod policy

Network Administrator

pod-qos

Pod QoS

Network Administrator

pod-security

Pod security

Network Administrator

power-mgmt

Read-and-write access to power management operations

Facility Manager

read-only

Read-only access

Read-only cannot be selected as a privilege; it is assigned to every user role.

Read-Only

server-equipment

Server hardware management

Server Equipment Administrator

server-maintenance

Server maintenance

Server Equipment Administrator

server-policy

Server policy

Server Equipment Administrator

server-security

Server security

Server Security Administrator

service-profile-config

Service profile configuration

Server Profile Administrator

service-profile-config-policy

Service profile configuration policy

Server Profile Administrator

service-profile-ext-access

Service profile end point access

Server Profile Administrator

service-profile-network

Service profile network

Network Administrator

service-profile-network-policy

Service profile network policy

Network Administrator

service-profile-qos

Service profile QoS

Network Administrator

service-profile-qos-policy

Service profile QoS policy

Network Administrator

service-profile-security

Service profile security

Server Security Administrator

service-profile-security-policy

Service profile security policy

Server Security Administrator

service-profile-server

Service profile server management

Server Profile Administrator

service-profile-server-oper

Service profile consumer

Server Profile Administrator

service-profile-server-policy

Service profile pool policy

Server Security Administrator

service-profile-storage

Service profile storage

Storage Administrator

service-profile-storage-policy

Service profile storage policy

Storage Administrator

User Locales

A user can be assigned one or more locales. Each locale defines one or more organizations (domains) the user is allowed access, and access would be limited to the organizations specified in the locale. One exception to this rule is a locale without any organizations, which gives unrestricted access to system resources in all organizations.

A Cisco UCS instance can contain up to 48 user locales.

Users with AAA privileges (AAA Administrator role) can assign organizations to the locale of other users. The assignment of organizations is restricted to only those in the locale of the user assigning the organizations. For example, if a locale contains only the Engineering organization then a user assigned that locale can only assign the Engineering organization to other users.


Note


You cannot assign a locale to users with one or more of the following privileges:

  • aaa
  • admin
  • operations

You can hierarchically manage organizations. A user that is assigned at a top level organization has automatic access to all organizations under it. For example, an Engineering organization can contain a Software Engineering organization and a Hardware Engineering organization. A locale containing only the Software Engineering organization has access to system resources only within that organization; however, a locale that contains the Engineering organization has access to the resources for both the Software Engineering and Hardware Engineering organizations.

Configuring User Roles

Creating a User Role

Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
    Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
    Step 3   Right-click User Services and choose Create Role.

    You can also right-click Roles to access that option.

    Step 4   In the Create Role dialog box, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Name field

    A user-defined name for this user role.

    This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

    Privileges list box

    A list of the privileges defined in the system.

    Click a privilege to view a description of that privilege. Check the check box to assign that privilege to the selected user.

    Help Section

    Description field

    A description of the most recent privilege you clicked in the Privileges list box.

    Step 5   Click OK.

    Adding Privileges to a User Role

    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
      Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
      Step 3   Expand the Roles node.
      Step 4   Choose the role to which you want to add privileges.
      Step 5   In the General tab, check the boxes for the privileges you want to add to the role.
      Step 6   Click Save Changes.

      Removing Privileges from a User Role

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
        Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
        Step 3   Expand the Roles node.
        Step 4   Choose the role from which you want to remove privileges.
        Step 5   In the General tab, uncheck the boxes for the privileges you want to remove from the role.
        Step 6   Click Save Changes.

        Deleting a User Role

        When you delete a user role, Cisco UCS Manager removes that role from all user accounts to which the role has been assigned.

        Procedure
          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
          Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
          Step 3   Expand the Roles node.
          Step 4   Right-click the role you want to delete and choose Delete.
          Step 5   In the Delete dialog box, click Yes.

          Configuring Locales

          Creating a Locale

          Before You Begin

          One or more organizations must exist before you create a locale.

          Procedure
            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
            Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
            Step 3   Right-click Locales and choose Create a Locale.
            Step 4   In the Create Locale page, do the following:
            1. In the Name field, enter a unique name for the locale.

              This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

            2. Click Next.
            Step 5   In the Assign Organizations dialog box, do the following:
            1. Expand the Organizations area to view the organizations in the Cisco UCS instance.
            2. Expand the root node to see the sub-organizations.
            3. Click an organization that you want to assign to the locale.
            4. Drag the organization from the Organizations area and drop it into the design area on the right.
            5. Repeat Steps b and c until you have assigned all desired organizations to the locale.
            Step 6   Click Finish.

            What to Do Next

            Add the locale to one or more user accounts. For more information, see Changing the Locales Assigned to a Locally Authenticated User Account.

            Assigning an Organization to a Locale

            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
              Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
              Step 3   Expand the Locales node and click the locale to which you want to add an organization.
              Step 4   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
              Step 5   In the Organizations area, click + on the table icon bar.
              Step 6   In the Assign Organizations dialog box, do the following:
              1. Expand the Organizations area to view the organizations in the Cisco UCS instance.
              2. Expand the root node to see the sub-organizations.
              3. Click an organization that you want to assign to the locale.
              4. Drag the organization from the Organizations area and drop it into the design area on the right.
              5. Repeat Steps b and c until you have assigned all desired organizations to the locale.
              Step 7   Click OK.

              Deleting an Organization from a Locale

              Procedure
                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
                Step 3   Expand the Locales node and click the locale from which you want to delete an organization.
                Step 4   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
                Step 5   In the Organizations area, right-click the organization that you want to delete from the locale and choose Delete.
                Step 6   Click Save Changes.

                Deleting a Locale

                Procedure
                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                  Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
                  Step 3   Expand the Locales node.
                  Step 4   Right-click the locale you want to delete and choose Delete.
                  Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

                  Configuring User Accounts

                  Creating a User Account

                  At a minimum, we recommend that you create the following users:

                  • Server administrator account
                  • Network administrator account
                  • Storage administrator
                  Before You Begin

                  Perform the following tasks, if the system includes any of the following:

                  • Remote authentication services, ensure the users exist in the remote authentication server with the appropriate roles and privileges.
                  • Multi-tenancy with organizations, create one or more locales. If you do not have any locales, all users are created in root and are assigned roles and privileges in all organizations.
                  • SSH authentication, obtain the SSH key.
                  Procedure
                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                    Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
                    Step 3   Right-click User Services and choose Create User to open the User Properties dialog box.

                    You can also right-click Locally Authenticated Users to access that option.

                    Step 4   Complete the following fields with the required information about the user:
                    Name Description

                    Login ID field

                    The account name that is used when logging into this account. This account must be unique and meet the guidelines and restrictions for Cisco UCS Manager user accounts.

                    • The login ID can contain between 1 and 32 characters, including the following:
                      • Any alphabetic character
                      • Any digit
                      • _ (underscore)
                      • - (dash)
                      • . (dot)
                    • The unique username for each user account cannot be all-numeric. You cannot create a local user with an all-numeric username.
                    • The unique username must start with an alphabetic character. It cannot start with a number or a special character, such as an underscore.

                    After you save the user, the login ID cannot be changed. You must delete the user account and create a new one.

                    First Name field

                    The first name of the user. This field can contain up to 32 characters.

                    Last Name field

                    The last name of the user. This field can contain up to 32 characters.

                    Email field

                    The email address for the user.

                    Phone field

                    The telephone number for the user.

                    Password field

                    The password associated with this account. If password strength check is enabled, a user's password must be strong and Cisco UCS Manager rejects any password that does not meet the following requirements:

                    • Must contain a minimum of 8 characters and a maximum of 64 characters.
                    • Must contain at least three of the following:
                      • Lower case letters
                      • Upper case letters
                      • Digits
                      • Special characters
                    • Must not contain a character that is repeated more than 3 times consecutively, such as aaabbb.
                    • Must not be identical to the username or the reverse of the username.
                    • Must pass a password dictionary check. For example, the password must not be based on a standard dictionary word.
                    • Must not contain the following symbols: $ (dollar sign), ? (question mark), and = (equals sign).
                    • Should not be blank for local user and admin accounts.

                    Confirm Password field

                    The password a second time for confirmation purposes.

                    Account Status field

                    If the status is set to active, a user can log into Cisco UCS Manager with this login ID and password.

                    Account Expires check box

                    If checked, this account expires and cannot be used after the date specified in the Expiration Date field.

                    Note   

                    After you configure a user account with an expiration date, you cannot reconfigure the account to not expire. You can, however, configure the account with the latest date available.

                    Expiration Date field

                    The date on which the account expires. The date should be in the format yyyy-mm-dd.

                    Click the down arrow at the end of this field to view a calendar that you can use to select the expiration date.

                    Note   

                    Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays this field when you check the Account Expires check box.

                    Step 5   In the Roles area, check one or more boxes to assign roles and privileges to the user account.
                    Note   

                    Do not assign locales to users with an admin or aaa role.

                    Step 6   (Optional)If the system includes organizations, check one or more check boxes in the Locales area to assign the user to the appropriate locales.
                    Step 7   In the SSH area, complete the following fields:
                    1. In the Type field, do the following:
                      • Password Required—The user must enter a password when they log in.
                      • Key—SSH encryption is used when this user logs in.
                    2. If you chose Key, enter the SSH key in the SSH data field.
                    Step 8   Click OK.

                    Enabling the Password Strength Check for Locally Authenticated Users

                    You must be a user with admin or aaa privileges to enable the password strength check. If the password strength check is enabled, Cisco UCS Manager does not permit a user to choose a password that does not meet the guidelines for a strong password.

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                      Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
                      Step 3   Click the Locally Authenticated Users node.
                      Step 4   In the Work pane, check the Password Strength Check check box in the Properties area.
                      Step 5   Click Save Changes.

                      Setting the Web Session Limits for Cisco UCS Manager GUI Users

                      Procedure
                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                        Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > Communication Management > Communication Services.
                        Step 3   Click the Communication Services tab.
                        Step 4   In the Web Session Limits area, complete the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Maximum Sessions Per User field

                        The maximum number of concurrent HTTP and HTTPS sessions allowed for each user.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                        Maximum Sessions field

                        The maximum number of concurrent HTTP and HTTPS sessions allowed for all users within the system.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                        Step 5   Click Save Changes.

                        Changing the Locales Assigned to a Locally Authenticated User Account


                        Note


                        Do not assign locales to users with an admin or aaa role.


                        Procedure
                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                          Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services > Locally Authenticated Users.
                          Step 3   Click the user account that you want to modify.
                          Step 4   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
                          Step 5   In the Locales area, do the following:
                          • To assign a new locale to the user account, check the appropriate check boxes.
                          • To remove a locale from the user account, uncheck the appropriate check boxes.
                          Step 6   Click Save Changes.

                          Changing the Roles Assigned to a Locally Authenticated User Account

                          Changes in user roles and privileges do not take effect until the next time the user logs in. If a user is logged in when you assign a new role to or remove an existing role from a user account, the active session continues with the previous roles and privileges.

                          Procedure
                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                            Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services > Locally Authenticated Users.
                            Step 3   Click the user account that you want to modify.
                            Step 4   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
                            Step 5   In the Roles area, do the following:
                            • To assign a new role to the user account, check the appropriate check boxes.
                            • To remove a role from the user account, uncheck the appropriate check boxes.
                            Step 6   Click Save Changes.

                            Enabling a User Account

                            Procedure
                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                              Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services > Locally Authenticated Users.
                              Step 3   Click the user that you want to enable.
                              Step 4   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
                              Step 5   In the Account Status field, click the active radio button.
                              Step 6   Click Save Changes.

                              Disabling a User Account

                              Procedure
                                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                                Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services > Locally Authenticated Users.
                                Step 3   Click the user that you want to disable.
                                Step 4   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
                                Step 5   In the Account Status field, click the inactive radio button.

                                The admin user account is always set to active. It cannot be modified.

                                Step 6   Click Save Changes.

                                Deleting a Locally Authenticated User Account

                                Procedure
                                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                                  Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > User Management > User Services.
                                  Step 3   Expand the Locally Authenticated Users node.
                                  Step 4   Right-click the user account you want to delete and choose Delete.
                                  Step 5   In the Delete dialog box, click Yes.

                                  Monitoring User Sessions

                                  You can monitor Cisco UCS Manager sessions for both locally authenticated users and remotely authenticated users, whether they logged in through the CLI or the GUI.

                                  Procedure
                                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
                                    Step 2   In the Admin tab, expand All > User Management.
                                    Step 3   Click the User Services node.
                                    Step 4   In the Work pane, click the Sessions tab.

                                    The tab displays the following details of user sessions:

                                    Name Description

                                    Name column

                                    The name for the session.

                                    User column

                                    The username that is involved in the session.

                                    Fabric ID column

                                    The fabric interconnect that the user logged in to for the session.

                                    Login Time column

                                    The date and time the session started.

                                    Terminal Type column

                                    The kind of terminal the user is logged in through.

                                    Host column

                                    The IP address from which the user is logged in.

                                    Current Session column

                                    If this column displays Y, the associated user session is currently active.