Defining User Rights

As if various kinds of permissions weren’t enough, we must also address the concept of user rights.

What users can and cannot do depends on the rights and permissions that have been granted to them. Rights generally apply to the system as a whole. The ability to back up files or to log on to a server, for example, is a right that the administrator can grant or withhold. Rights can be assigned individually, but most often they are characteristics of groups, and a user is assigned to a particular group on the basis of the rights that the user needs.

Permissions, as discussed earlier in this chapter, indicate the access that a user (or group) has to specific objects, such as files, directories, and printers. For example, the question ...

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