Exclusive Admin Activities

Each account established in Metric Insights must have a User Type assigned when it is created.  Accounts are created:

  • Manually
  • Via an LDAP or other sync tool
  • File upload

User types include:

  • Admin:  Performs any function or process in Metric Insights sets system controls and variables and accesses any content
  • Regular User (default): Accesses content to which user has been granted Permissions to View and performs a very limited set of functions if given Privileges to do
  • Power User: With Privileges, performs most functions related to creating content based upon Privileges granted and both Edits or Views content according to Permissions assigned

See Security Overview for definitions and general information about Users and Groups.

If the System Variable, ALL_NEW_ADMINS_ARE_SYSTEM_ADMINS, is enabled and an Admin's account is designated System Admin = Yes, ONLY these Admins can:

  1. Edit System Variables
  2. Manage System Backups
  3. Access the User Editor of an Admin with System Admin set to Yes
  4. Login as an Admin withSystem Admins who are set to Yes

If the System Variable is NOT enabled, all Admins may perform the above functions.

The table below is organized by Admin Menu options and focuses  on those functions that only an Admin can execute.  A more detailed analysis is found in the numbered sections that follows.

See Designate a System Admin for more information.

Functions that Admin can perform that a fully credentialed Power User Cannot

Menu

Create new Users, maintain and delete User account

Admin  > Users & Groups

Define system default Templates for User Account Preferences, Alert Subscriptions and  and Email Notifications

Admin > Users & Groups

Establish a Remote Data Processor

Admin > Collection and Storage

Identify Data Storage sites

Admin > Collection and Storage

Define Proxies

Admin > Collection and Storage

View the Pipeline chart

Admin > Collection and Storage

Shared Drives for Bursts distribution

Admin > Distribution

Microsoft Teams

Admin > Distribution

Measurement Intervals

Admin > Reference Objects
Measurement Time Calcs Admin > Reference Objects
Document Types Admin > Reference Objects

From the Status Monitor > Landing Page, only Admins can monitor Metric Insights performance on:

  • Data Collection

  • Messages

  • Systems Configuration

  • Systems Stats

Admin > Status Monitor

Plugin URLs: Used to construct URLs to embed content in an External Report

Admin > Plugins
External Content Types Admin > Plugins

License Requests

Admin > Plugins
Advanced Configuration
Admin > Plugins
Import/Export Admin > Utilities
Export Locations Admin > Utilities
Import/Export History Admin > Utilities
Migrate Favorites to Folders Admin > Utilities
Rebuild User Access Admin > Utilities
System Variables Admin > System
System Backups Admin > System
Branding Admin > System
Custom Scripts Admin > System
Search Setup Admin > System
Certification Setup Admin > System
Privileges Admin > System
Stats Model Templates Admin > System
PowerPoint Templates Admin > System
Charting Options Admin > System
Bulk Change History Admin > System
Identify Profiles Admin > System
External Applications Admin > System
Web Service Credentials Admin > System
Ext Service Credentials Admin > System

1. "New" Menu

Power Users have the same functionality when granted the related Privileges or Permissions.

2. "Content" Menu

Power Users have the same capabilities to create the listed objects and related content when granted the related Privileges or Permissions.

3. "Admin" Menu

Power Users with related Privileges will gain many of the capabilities of an Admin but their menu does not look the same as an Admin's.  

3.1. "Users & Groups" Sub-Menu for Admin

Only Admins see this entire landing page.  Only Admins can:

  1. Create new Users, maintain and delete User account
  2. Define system default Templates for User Account Preferences, Alert Subscriptions and  and Email Notifications

 

With related Privileges, a Power User can "Create a Group", "Approve Access Requests" and/or "View a User's Account" but not Edit it.  As shown above, related menu options are added to the Power User's Admin menu as distinct entries; i.e., there is no "User's & Groups" option.

3.2. "Collection and Storage" Sub-Menu

Only Admins see this entire landing page and can:

  1. Establish a Remote Data Processor
  2. Identify Data Storage sites
  3. Define Proxies
  4. View the Pipeline chart

With Privileges, a Power User can create  Data Sources, Data Collection Triggers, and Dependencies.  Related menu options are added to the Power User's Admin menu as distinct entries; i.e., there is no "Collection and Storage" option.

3.3. "Distribution" Sub-Menu

Both Admins and  Power Users can create and maintain:

  • Notification Schedules
  • Email Templates
  • FTP Connections  

Only Admins see the complete landing page and can create and maintain the following Distribution objects:

  • Shared Drives for distribution of Bursts
  • Microsoft Teams

3.4. "Reference Objects" Sub-Menu

Both Admins and  Power Users can create and maintain:

  • Custom Field Sections and, in Rel 6.2.3), Custom Fields are available for creation and maintenance by Power Users as well as Admins
  • Targets
  • Event Calendars

Only Admins can create and maintain the following Reference objects:

  • Measurement Intervals
  • Measurement Time Calcs
  • Document Types

3.5. Status Monitor Sub-Menu for Admins only

From the Status Monitor > Landing Page, only Admins can monitor Metric Insights performance on:

  • Data Collection
  • Messages
  • Systems Configuration
  • Systems Stats

There are no corresponding functions for Power Users.

3.6. "Plugins" Sub - Menu

Only Admins see this option; i.e.,  the Admin > Plugins > sub sub-menu.  Power Users are allowed to "Create External Report Types" with the associated Privilege, but the following functions are restricted to Admins:

  • Plugin URLs: Used to construct URLs to embed content in an External Report
  • External Content Types
  • License Requests
  • Advanced Configuration

3.7. "Utilities" Sub-Menu

Only Admins see this option; i.e.,  the Admin > Plugins > sub sub-menu.  The following functions are restricted to Admins:

  • Import/Export
  • Export Locations
  • Import/Export History
  • Migrate Favorites to Folders
  • Rebuild User Access

3.8. "System" Sub-Menu

Only Admins see this option; i.e.,  the Admin > System > sub sub-menu.  Power Users are allowed to "Use API Toolki" with the associated Privilege, and have a related item in their Admin menu, but the remaining functions are restricted to Admins:

  • Branding
  • Custom Scripts
  • Search Setup
  • Certification Setup
  • Privileges
  • Stats Model Templates
  • PowerPoint Templates
  • Charting Options
  • Bulk Change History
  • Identity Profiles
  • External Applications
  • Web Service Credentials
  • Ext. Service Credentials