Users, Groups, and Network Policies
How to use the user authentication system to create user accounts and groups, and to automatically assign network policies to authenticated users based upon group membership.
Log into SputnikNet, then navigate to the authentication system overview.
Add a new user authentication system, or select an existing one.
Name your user authentication system.
Be sure "Basic User Database Module" is selected. For more information about creating authentication systems, see online documentation chapter titled "Creating a new Authentication System".
Edit your authentication system settings (optional).
Each authentication system has an "Edit Settings" page. The user authentication system has an account self sign-up option. Leave this option unchecked; see the online documentation chapter titled "User Self-Registration" for more information.
Add a new user account.
Enter basic user account settings.
Enter basic settings:
- Login ID: the unique case-sensitive ID the user will log in with; once created, it cannot be edited
- Display Name: the name of the user that appears in the SputnikNet interface and on the page the user sees after a successful login
- Expires: optional termination date for the account, after which it will no longer be active
- Password: password the user will log in with
Enter user account details (optional).
Add a new group.
Enter group settings.
Add additional groups, as needed.
Assign users to groups.
To assign a user to a group, click "Users" from the "Authentication System" menu, then click on the Login ID of the user account you want to edit. Check the boxes next to the group or groups you want to assign them to. As noted, if you assign a user account to multiple groups, policies will be applied in group order.
Select a group to view member list.
Review group member list.
Apply network policies to a group.
Click the checkbox next to the name of the network policy (or policies) you want to apply to that group. In this example, "Block Private Nets" and "Content filtering" policies will be applied to authenticated users who belong to the "Members of SF Tennis Club" group.
Network policies are applied to group members in the same order that they are applied to the group itself. For example, if you want to ensure that "Block Private Nets" policies apply before "Content filtering" policies, click the checkbox next to "Block Private Nets", then click the "Update Policies Button". Next, click the checkbox next to "Content filtering" and click the "Update Policies" button again.
To see more detail about a specific network policy, or to modify a policy setting, click on its name.
For more information about network policies, see the online documentation section titled "SputnikNet Network Policies".