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Permissions determine which features in the NI InsightCM web application a user can access when he or she logs in. Several factors determine which permissions a user receives:
|Permission||The ability to see and/or configure a specific page or tab in the NI InsightCM web application. You assign permissions to roles.|
|Role||An administrator-defined persona with assigned permissions.|
|Active Directory group||
A group in the Windows Active Directory service running on the server machine that contains user accounts. Groups map to roles.
|User account||An account on the Windows domain whose credentials a user enters to log in to the NI InsightCM web application. Accounts belong to Active Directory groups and therefore, they receive the permissions from any role to which their Active Directory group is mapped.|
The following diagram shows the relationship between all four items. Notice that the user accounts receive permissions via a group. In other words, you cannot assign permissions directly a specific account.
The process for assigning permissions to users depends on whether you want to use Windows Active Directory to authenticate NI InsightCM web application users. The following list explains some of the consequences of this decision:
Refer to Assigning Permissions to NI InsightCM Web Application Users for step-by-step instructions for integrating the NI InsightCM web application with Windows Active Directory.