Delegating control to users for accessing MMC interface
By default, on installing Active Roles, all users are allowed to log in to the MMC interface. To manage the MMC interface access for a user, you must configure the options using Configuration Center | MMC Interface Access| Manage settings. Selecting this option restricts all non Active Roles Administrators from using the console. All delegated users are affected, however, it does not apply to Active Roles Administrators.
To be able to log in to the MMC interface, the user must be delegated with the User Interfaces access rights on the User Interfaces container under Server Configuration. User Interfaces Access templates that provide the access rights are available as part of the Active Roles built-in Access templates in the User Interfaces container.
To delegate the control to users in the User Interfaces container you must apply the User Interface Access Template
- In the console tree, expand Active Roles | Configuration | Server Configuration.
- Under Server Configuration, locate the User Interfaces container, right-click it, and click Delegate Control.
On the Users or Groups page, click Add, and then select the users or groups to which you want to delegate the control. Click Next.
- On the Access Templates page, expand the Active Directory | User Interfaces folder, and select the check box next to User Interface Management-MMC Full control.
- Click Next and follow the instructions in the wizard, accepting the default settings.
After you complete these steps, the users and groups you selected in Step 3 are authorized to log in to the MMC interface.
- Click OK to close the Active Roles Security dialog box.
Getting and using help
Active Roles Help explains concepts and includes instructions for performing tasks with the product.
You can use the following guidelines to get assistance while you work:
- To access Active Roles Help, click Help on the Action menu or Help Topics on the Help menu.
- To view description of a dialog box, click the Help button in the dialog box or press F1.
- To view a brief description of a menu command or a toolbar button, point to the command or button. The description is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the window.
You can print a single Help topic or all Help topics under a selected heading.
To print a single Help topic
- On the menu bar, click Help and then click Help Topics.
- In the left pane of the Help viewer, expand the heading that contains the topic you want to print, and then click the topic.
- On the Help viewer toolbar, click Options, click Print, and then click OK.
To print all Help topics under a heading
- On the menu bar, click Help, and then click Help Topics.
- In the left pane of the Help viewer, click the heading that contains the topics you want to print.
- On the Help viewer toolbar, click Options, and then click Print.
- In the Print Topics dialog box, click Print the selected heading and all subtopics, and then click OK.
User Interface overview
The Active Roles console window is divided into two panes. The left pane contains the console tree, showing the items that are available in the console. The right pane, known as the details pane, displays information about items you select in the console tree. You can perform most management tasks from this pane using commands on the Action menu.
Additional information is displayed in the lower sub-pane of the details pane when you check the Advanced Details Pane command on the View menu. You can perform management tasks from the lower sub-pane using commands on the Action menu.
The left pane of the Active Roles console contains the console tree.
The console tree root is labeled Active Roles. The name of the Administration Service is shown in square brackets. If you have Advanced view mode selected for Active Roles console display (View | Mode), the following folders are shown under the console tree root:
- Configuration Contains all Active Roles proprietary objects held in containers with appropriate names.
- Active Directory Contains a list of domains registered with Active Roles. In this folder, you can browse domains for directory objects (users, group, computers), and perform management tasks on those objects.
- AD LDS (ADAM) Contains a list of AD LDS directory partitions registered with Active Roles. In this folder, you can browse partitions for directory objects (users, group, containers), and perform management tasks on those objects.
- Applications Contains a list of applications integrated with Active Roles, such as Reporting, and allows for quick access to those applications.
The console display mode determines which folders are displayed in the console tree. For more information, see View mode later in this document.