How to create Users and Groups in CentOS7? Print

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Linux is a multi-user OS. Linux system is designed promptly to work with many users simultaneously. Therefore, the most basic task you should know how to do is adding and removing users and you can achieve this once you have configured the Linux system.

When you create a new server, you are only given the root account by default. Root account gives you much power and flexibility, but it is also dangerous to regularly use an account with so much power.

For instance, a root user is more vulnerable to security exploits since any commands run under that account can affect the server's entire file system. 

It is better to add unprivileged users to do common tasks. You should also create additional accounts for any other users who need your server access. Each user should have an additional account to monitor and manage their activities. While providing an additional account, you can still acquire administrative privileges, when needed, through a mechanism called 'sudo.'

We will cover steps for how to create user accounts, assign 'sudo' privileges, and create a group on a CentOS 7 server.

Adding a new user

  1. Log in to your server as the root user.

    ssh [email protected]_ip_address
  2. Use the adduser command to add a new user to your system.

    Note: Be sure to replace username with the user that you want to create.
    adduser username
  3. Use the passwd command to update the new user's password.

    passwd username
    Note: Set and confirm the new user's password at the prompt. A strong password is highly recommended!

    Linux User Password

Creating a usergroup

  1. In order to a create group, you need to use groupadd command:

    sudo groupadd NAME-OF-THE-NEW-GROUP

Adding a user to Group

  1. Use the usermod command to add the user to the wheel group.

    Note: By default, on CentOS, members of the wheel group have sudo privileges. Be sure to change the username with the actual user which you want to add to the wheel group

    usermod -a -G wheel username

Test sudo access on new user account

  1. Use the su command to switch to the new user account.

    su - username
    As the new user, verify that you can use sudo by prepending "sudo" to the command that you want to run with superuser privileges. For example, you can list the contents of the /root directory, which is normally only accessible to the root user.

    sudo ls -la /root
    Note: The first time you use sudo in a session, you will be prompted for the password of the user account. Enter the password to proceed.

    Linux User Password

  2. To add a user to multiple groups use below command.

    usermod -a -G group1,group2,group3 exampleusername

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