Accounts & Groups

This section provides information to maintain multiple login accounts for access to Webinator administration. All users are listed on this page. You may add users, delete users, and change individual user passwords. The default user, called webinator, may not be deleted.

The Accounts page also allows you to create multiple administrative users. There is no distinction among them after they are created. All users have full administrative permissions, and they may create and delete any user or change any user's password. This is a basic security mechanism meant to keep unauthorized persons from using the web based administrative interface. The purpose of supporting multiple administrative users is that you can create distinct passwords, which you can revoke in the future without needing to change a single global password that all administrators know.

User names and passwords are stored in the SYSUSERS table of the default database. This is only a holding place for them. No Texis permissions are granted or revoked for these users. A benefit of storing the users in SYSUSERS is that any users that you might create in the default database by other means than the Webinator interface will also automatically become Webinator administrators.

Usernames may only contain letters, numbers, and underscores, they must begin with a letter, and they must be 20 characters or less. Names and passwords are case sensitive.

The passwords are one-way (forward) encrypted. This means that a forgotten password may not be discovered. The only way to deal with a forgotten password is to change the password. In the event that all passwords are forgotten you can delete the webinator user from SYSUSERS using texis -s from a command prompt, and then enter an appropriate SQL delete statement. The administrative script will then create the webinator user anew and ask you for a new password.

User groups may be created on this page, by clicking the Add a Group link. Existing groups may be edited or deleted with the appropriate links. User groups are used to associate administrative users into similar-privilege groups for easier access control maintenance. See the User Groups section for more details (here).

User groups are supported in the full Texis product, but not Webinator-only.

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