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You know how all these retailers advertise themselves as a “one stop shop” for anything you want? The idea is they have so much stuff that chances are whatever you’re looking for is there. Liferay’s control panel is something like this. If you want to create users, sites, organizations, configure permissions and plugins and pretty much anything else, you’ll do it with the control panel. The nice thing about the control panel is it makes all this very easy to do. This chapter takes all the concepts you learned about Liferay in chapter 1 (sites, organizations, and more) and makes them concrete. Here, you’ll learn how to create and manage every aspect of Liferay’s configuration.

This chapter explains how to use the control panel to manage the following:

  • Users
  • Organizations
  • User Groups
  • Roles
  • Password Policies
  • Authentication Policies
  • Global User Settings

Let’s begin our examination of Liferay’s control panel by looking at how to manage users in Liferay Portal.

The Portal Section of the Control Panel

The Portal section of the control panel is used for most administrative tasks. You’ll find there an interface for the creation and maintenance of the following portal entities: users,...

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Adding Users

Let’s add a user account for yourself and configure this account so it has the same administrative access as the default administrator account. Go up to the Dockbar, mouse over Go to and click...

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User Management

If you click the Users link on the left menu of the control panel, there are now two users in the list of users. If you want to change something about a particular user, you can click the Actions...

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User Groups

User Groups are designed to allow portal administrators to create groups of users that traverse the organizations hierarchy. They can be used to create arbitrary groupings of users who don’t...

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Roles and Permissions

Roles are used to collect permissions that define a particular function within the portal, according to a particular scope. Roles can be granted permissions to various functions within portlet...

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Managing Portal Settings

After you have created users, user groups, organizations, roles, sites and teams your portal will be ready to host content and applications. You can configure Liferay’s portal settings to fit your...

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Integrating Liferay Users into Your Enterprise

LDAP You can use the LDAP tab of the Authentication page to connect Liferay to an LDAP directory. There are two places for you to configure the LDAP settings: here in the control panel or in the...

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In this chapter, we began to examine Liferay’s control panel. Site memberships and teams aren’t the only way for portal administrators to group and manage users: organizations can be used to...

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