Users, Groups and Roles
Users give each of your team members their own login. They also let you control what each of them can access. Groups make it easy to give several users access to the same spaces. Roles make it easy to give several users access to the node's management interface.

# Users

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Test User
Kyle Upton User
CS Support User
Abbey Road User
Jon Mott User
John Doe User
John Doe User
Nick Anderson User
Tim Anderson User
SMB Access User
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A user is a lot like a user on your own workstation. Just as that user on lets you log in to your workstation and access files, your user lets you log in to the node and access files.

In the same way that the user on your workstation determines which files you can access and settings you can change on it, your user determines which spaces you can connect to, which files you can access within a space, and what settings you can change on the node.

in, a user can have two types of access: file access and management access:

File Access Management Access Why do you need it? File access lets you connect to a space and read and write the files within it. Management access lets you access the management interface, and view or change files, spaces, users, groups, depending on how much access you have. How do you get it? You must be added to a space, or added to a group that has been added to a space. Your user must be given a role of Administrator, System Monitor, Team Leader, or Team Member.

Creative space users can be:

  • Added to spaces
  • Added to groups
  • Given roles that confer management access upon them

# Groups

A group is somewhat like a user: both can be added to spaces. However, the similarities end there. A creative space group cannot:

  • log into the node
  • connect to a space
  • receive a role that confers management access upon it

So what can a group do? Why have groups at all?

A group can share the access it has to spaces with all the users you add to it. This makes it easy to give everyone on your team the access they need, no matter how many spaces you create, and how many users you add.

Without groups, you would need to individually add every user to every space they need to access. With groups, all you need to do is add groups to spaces, and then add the users to groups. The users automatically get access to all of the spaces that the groups can access. Even better, if you need to revoke a user's access to several spaces, all you need to do is remove them from the group that can access those spaces. Groups make it easy to manage who can access what.

# Roles

While groups determine who can access spaces, they do not determine who can access the node's management interface. That's the job of roles.

There are five different roles. Each role gives the user more access to the management interface than the previous role:

Access to Management Interface Role
User Team Member Team Leader System Monitor System Admin
Spaces Connect to spaces
Browse spaces and files
Mount Shares using the desktop app
Ingest content
Add users and groups to spaces
Change how a space is shared on the network
Make folder templates
Team View users, groups and roles
Add users to groups
Give other users the team leader role.
System View all system settings
Create and delete spaces
Limit how large a space can grow, and how small it can shrink
Tune spaces' advanced settings
Take and delete snapshots of spaces
Change the node's network name
Change the timezone and network time protocol (NTP) server that the node uses.
Shut down or reboot the node
Restart Samba network shares
Start, stop, enable and disable the remote support service.
Start, stop, enable and disable the file transfer protocol (FTP) access
Configure network adapters
Monitor View Performance Data


Give most of your users either the user or team member role.

users can access any spaces that they've been added to. Team members can access spaces, and also plug external hard drives into the node to ingest their contents.

If a user or team member deletes content from a space, a system administrator can recover it, as long as there is a snapshot of the space.


Only give the system admin role to people you trust with your content.

The system admin role has far-reaching privileges compared to other roles. If a user deletes or corrupts files in a space, a system admin can recover those files with a snapshot. However, if a system admin deletes a space entirely, they can never get the content within the space back.