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Old 10-23-2005, 09:16 AM   #1
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user backup permissions

Hello, I have used Linux in the past, although not extensively and not in a long time. I have 'grown up' primarily in a Windows Server environment and I have just been brought in to administer a network that has a Suse 9.2 PDC that also runs as a file server. The guy that ran this in the past is a little upset that I have been brought in above him, (understandably so), well the owner came to the conclusion that we need to remove his Administrative capabilities, but the owner would like him to still be able to perform backup functions, (not restore, just backup). How do I take away his root priviledges and still allow him to do this? We have two hotswap drives we use, and a tape drive that we use for backup functions. Is there anyway to allow him to perform this functions still, and take away his root priviledges?

Thanks so much,

Old 10-24-2005, 02:46 AM   #2
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I think that 'sudo' has a file that you can list each of the commands
that a 'sudo' user has rights to. Have a look....

By the way... If this guy was worth his keep you'd better change every bloody password on
every bloody machine and turn on some kind of accounting....
Old 10-24-2005, 03:19 AM   #3
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sudo is exactly what you need to configure and setup. If it's already installed, simply edit your /etc/sudoers file accordingly with the access he needs and only needs to perform as root, thus not providing him with root access. Restrict his access to su as anyone especially as root, but be weary that there are ways around such restrictions, hopefully he's not smart enough to know the tricks to get around such things.
Old 10-26-2005, 09:22 AM   #4
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Hey guys, thanks, I think I've got it worked out!


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