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How can I create a temporary account for a field engineer to login to perform maintenance work on a cluster

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Applies to

  • FAS Models
  • AFF Models
  • Ontap 9


In some cases, it might make things more streamlined to provide a unique account for a field engineer to work on your cluster, rather than sharing "admin" credentials.

To perform these actions, SSH to the cluster and run the following commands:

1)  Create the user named "field_tech"

::> security login create -user-or-group-name field_tech  -application console -authentication-method password -role admin

You will be prompted to enter a password

Please enter a password for user 'field_tech':
Please enter it again:

2)  Add access to the "service-processor" application

::> security login create -user-or-group-name field_tech  -application service-processor  -authentication-method password -role admin

3)  Verify that the account has been created properly

::> security login show -user-or-group-name field_tech

Vserver: tfmb
User/Group                 Authentication                 Acct   Authentication
Name           Application Method        Role Name        Locked Method
-------------- ----------- ------------- ---------------- ------ --------------
field_tech     console     password      admin            no     none
field_tech     service-processor
                           password      admin            no     none
2 entries were displayed.

Once the maintenance work has been completed, you can "lock" the account so that it can't be used

::> security login lock -username field_tech

Future maintenance windows can have the account unlocked with this command

::> security login unlock -username field_tech

and the password can be changed at anytime with this command:

::>  security login password -username field_tech

Additional Information

security login commands


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