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Learning RHEL Networking by Andrew Mallett

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User and group management with adcli

We are not just restricted to consuming these domain accounts; we also have a level of management of Active Directory from the command line of our Linux servers. With the correct privileges in Active Directory, we can:

  • Create users and groups
  • Modify group memberships
  • Delete users and groups

Although the tools are not as rich as you will find with the native OS, especially when using PowerShell, there is a need and advantage to some of the management provided by Linux devices.

If you are a Linux administrator and work mainly on Linux, it does make sense for you to add Active Directory users to groups that you use for delegation on Linux. For example, you can maintain an Active Directory group called LinuxAdmins

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