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Chapter 1. What is User Access

The User Access feature is an implementation of role-based access control (RBAC) that controls user access to various services hosted on the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console. You configure the User Access feature to grant user access to services hosted on Hybrid Cloud Console.

1.1. Who can use User Access

To initially view and manage User Access on Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console, you must be an Organization Administrator. This is because User Access requires user management capabilities that are designated from the Red Hat Customer Portal at Customer Portal. Those capabilities belong solely to the Organization Administrator.

The User Access administrator role is a special role that the Organization Administrator can assign. This role allows users who are not Organization Administrator users to manage User Access on Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console.

1.2. Additive access

User access on Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console uses an additive model, which means that there are no deny roles. In other words, actions are only permitted. You control access by assigning the appropriate roles with the desired permissions to groups then adding users to those groups. The access permitted to any individual user is a sum of all roles assigned to all groups to which that user belongs.

1.3. The User Access groups, roles, and permissions

User Access uses the following categories to determine the level of user access that an Organization Administrator can grant to the supported Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console services. The access provided to any authorized user depends on the group that the user belongs to and the roles assigned to that group.

  • Group: A collection of users belonging to an account which provides the mapping of roles to users. An Organization Administrator can use groups to assign one or more roles to a group and to include one or more users in a group. You can create a group with no roles and no users.
  • Roles: A set of permissions that provide access to a given service, such as Insights. The permissions to perform certain operations are assigned to specific roles. Roles are assigned to groups. For example, you might have a read role and a write role for a service. Adding both roles to a group grants all members of that group read and write permissions to that service.
  • Permissions: A discrete action that can be requested of a service. Permissions are assigned to roles.

An Organization Administrator adds or deletes roles and users to groups. The group can be a new group created by an Organization Administrator or the group can be an existing group. By creating a group that has one or more specific roles and then adding users to that group, you control how that group and its members interact with the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console services.

When you add users to a group, they become members of that group. A group member inherits the roles of all other groups they belong to. The user interface lists users in the Members tab.