In This Chapter
Understanding user accounts
Looking at the built-in accounts
Using rights and permissions
Working with groups and policies
Running login scripts
User accounts are the backbone of network security administration. You can determine who can access your network, as well as what network resources each user can and can’t access. You can restrict access to the network to just specific computers or to certain hours of the day, and you can lock out users who no longer need to access your network.
The specific details for managing user accounts are unique to each network operating system (NOS) and are covered in separate chapters later in this book. This chapter simply introduces you to the concepts of user account management so you know what you can and can’t do, regardless of which NOS you use.
User accounts allow the network administrator to determine who can access the network and what network resources ...