Types of CIM users and associated operations

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When using SMI-S Provider, there are various types of user that you can assign to a user to control their access to the CIM server.

Starting with this release, the Domain user is allowed to modify the SMI-S Provider user database and other configuration settings as a Domain user of the Local Administrators group.

The following table lists the supported users of the CIM server and the operations that each type can perform.

Type of user Operations

Domain administrator of the Administrators group

SMI-S Provider configuration and user management using cimconfig and cimuser commands. For example:

  • Add or remove a user to or from the trust store of SMI-S Provider.

  • Enable, disable, or change the log level and tracing configuration.

  • Enable or disable the authentication engine in SMI-S Provider.

Storage management and verification using smis and cimcli commands. For example:

  • Add or remove storage controllers or SVMs to or from a SMI-S Provider repository or database or cache.

  • Refresh storage controllers or SVMs in SMI-S Provider cache.

  • Verify storage controller or SVM management.

SCVMM discovery operations using the SCVMM GUI.

Domain user of the Local Administrators group

Local user of the Local Administrators group

Built-in Domain Administrator user

Built-in Local Administrator user

Domain user of the Users group

SCVMM discovery operations using the SCVMM GUI.

Local user of the Users group

Note

If you have SMI-S Provider on a Windows host and changed any “Administrator” user name, you must log out of the system and then log back in. The SMI-S Windows Service inherits authentication during this time; as a result, any change to the credentials are not recognized until the administrator logs out and then logs in again.