Manual Chapter : Provide User Access to Applications

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.0.0
Manual Chapter

Provide User Access to Applications

Overview: Providing a user access to a SharePoint application hosted on BIG-IP

This use case scenario walks you through the tasks you'll need to provide a user access to a single application, SharePoint, that is hosted on your managed BIG-IP device.
The required tasks are:
Role Type
Create a custom role type associated with one or more services. Then select the type of resources (object types) this role needs to do their job, and then specify how you want to allow this role type to interact with those objects. For this example:
  • Select the
    Local Traffic (LTM)
    service.
  • Create a role type named
    SharePoint Management
    .
  • Select the
    Virtual Server: Local Traffic
    and add it to the selected resources.
  • Provide permissions for this role type to read, add, edit, and delete those objects.
Resource Group
Create a custom resource group that contains the specific resources you want to provide access to. For this example:
  • Create a resource group,
    SharePoint Server
    .
  • Select the
    SharePoint Management
    role type to narrow the service and object types displayed to only those this role type has permissions to.
  • Select the
    Local Traffic (LTM)
    service.
  • Select the
    Virtual Server: Local Traffic
    service
  • Locate the virtual server that is hosting your SharePoint application, and add it to the selected resources.
Role
Create a custom role associated with the custom role type, and assign the custom resource group to that role. For this example:
  • Create a custom role called
    SharePoint Manager
    .
  • Associate the
    SharePoint Management
    role type to it.
  • Associate the
    SharePoint Server
    resource group to it.
User
Create a user and associate it with the role you created. For this example:
  • Create a user named
    Sam
    .
  • Associate the user with the
    SharePoint Manager
    role.

Create a custom role type with permissions to access LTM virtual servers

The first step to providing your user access to an application is to create a custom
role type
and define a set of permissions to specify how that role type interacts with objects that are associated with a service.
In this example, we'll be providing access to BIG-IP virtual servers (because your applications are hosted on BIG-IP virtual servers) with permissions to read, add, edit, and delete all associated objects.
At this point, you're just defining the object type you want a custom role type to interact with. You'll select the specific BIG-IP virtual server hosting your SharePoint application when you create a resource group.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    System
    .
  2. On the left, click
    ROLE MANAGEMENT
    Role Types
    .
  3. Near the top of the screen, click the
    Add
    button.
  4. Give this role type a name.
    Name
    :
    SharePoint Management
    A description is optional.
  5. From the
    Services
    list, select
    Local Traffic (LTM)
    .
  6. In the
    Object Type
    list, select the check box next to
    Virtual Servers: Local Traffic
    and click the
    Add Selected
    button.
    All of the objects associated with virtual servers appear in the
    Selected Objects Types
    list.
    When you select an object type, the screen displays related object types. As you know, interactions and relationships between objects in your network can be complex. Because of that, it's best to leave all of the objects selected. This ensures you don't unintentionally limit this role type's ability to manage the SharePoint application.
  7. Next to each object type, select check box beneath the permissions you want to give to this role type.
    You must select at least one permission for each Selected Object Type.
    Your screen should now look like this:
  8. Click the
    Save & Close
    button.
The role type you created displays in the
Role Type
list.
Now you can create a resource group that contains the specific virtual server hosting your SharePoint application.

Create a custom resource group

Create a resource group with all of the BIG-IP objects you want to provide access to, and assign a role type to it.
  1. At the top of the screen, click
    System
    .
  2. On the left, click
    ROLE MANAGEMENT
    Resource Groups
    .
  3. Near the top of the screen, click the
    Add
    button.
  4. In the
    Name
    field, type a name to identify this group of resources.
  5. From the
    Role Type
    list, select the role type you want to provide access to for this group of resources.
  6. From the
    Select Service
    list, select the service(s) you want to provide access to for this group of resources.
  7. From the
    Object Type
    list, select the type of object you want to add to this group of resources.
  8. For the
    Source
    setting:
    • Selected Instances
      - Select this option to put only the source objects you selected into this resource group. If you select this option, the associated role will not have access to any new objects of the same type added in the future unless you explicitly add it to this resource group.
    • Any Instances
      - Select this option if you want to add any objects of the same type created in the future to this resources group. If you select this option, any new object of the same type added in the future will be assigned to this resource group, and access to those new resources will automatically be given to the associated role type.
  9. Select the check box next to the name of each object you want to add to this group of resources, and click the
    Add Selected
    button.
    You might have to horizontally re-size your screen so you can see all the objects you need to see.
  10. Click the
    Save & Close
    button.
Now you can associate this role type and resource group to a role.