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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, organizations, sites, configure permissions and plugins and pretty much anything else, you can do it from the Control Panel. When signed in to Liferay as an administrator, you can access the Control Panel from the Dockbar by clicking AdminControl Panel.

The Control Panel is organized into four main areas: Users, Sites, Apps, and Configuration. The Users section lets you create and manage users, organizations, user groups, roles, and password policies. If monitoring has been enabled for your portal, you can also view all of the live portal sessions of your users from this area of the Control Panel. If the Audit plugins have been installed from Liferay Marketplace, the Audit section also appears.

In this chapter, you’ll learn everything having to do with managing users, and you’ll see examples of some of the user management concepts discussed earlier:

  • Users
  • Organizations
  • User Groups
  • Roles
  • Password Policies
  • Monitoring
  • Audit Trails

Let’s begin examining Liferay’s Control Panel by looking at how to manage users in Liferay Portal.

The Users Section of the Control Panel

The Users section of the Control Panel is used for most administrative tasks involving user management. There, you’ll find an interface for the creation and maintenance of the following portal...

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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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The last link in the Users section of the Control Panel is for monitoring. You can use the Monitoring page to view all of the live sessions in the portal. For performance reasons, this setting is...

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Audit Trails

EE Only Feature You’ve just finished lunch and are ready to get back to work. You have a site in Liferay you use to manage your project, and before you left, you were about to create a folder in...

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In this chapter, we learned how to manage users, organizations, user groups, and roles via Liferay’s Control Panel. Site memberships and teams aren’t the only way for portal administrators to group...

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