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This topic describes how to create local users in the AppDynamics Controller UI. The credentials for this type of user are stored by the Controller. Alternatively, you can configure the Controller to authenticate and authorize users based on externally stored credentials in LDAP or SAML.

Create Local Users

  1. As an administrator in the Controller UI, click Settings > Administration.
  2. Click the Users tab.
  3. Click the Create New User button.
  4. Enter the information for the fields, including the Username, Name, Email, and so on.
    Because of browser incompatibilities, AppDynamics recommends using only ASCII characters for user names and passwords.
  5. Choose at least one role for the new user.
    If you do not choose a role before saving, a warning message appears in the UI. You can assign the user to a role later, but the user will not be able to use any features in the UI until assigned a role.
  6. Optionally, choose a group for the user. 
  7. Click Save

Manage Local Users

After creating a user, you can manage and modify the user account in several ways, including:

Warning: Do not remove yourself from all groups or from all roles. Also, if the only roles of which you are a member are custom roles, do not delete those custom roles or remove permissions from them. Doing so can result in being locked out of the AppDynamics UI with no permissions at all. If this happens, use the built in administrator role to restore the account.

Create and Manage Groups

If you are are using LDAP to authenticate all AppDynamics Controller users you do not need to create AppDynamics groups. If using local user accounts for Controller access, you can collect users into groups to manage permissions for the users collectively. 

You can create a group as an administrator in the Controller UI, from the Settings > Administration page. Click the Groups tab and use the UI to create the group.

Once you have created the group, you can:

Require Strong Passwords

As an account administrator, you can require local users (those authenticated by AppDynamics) to use strong passwords.

By default, strong password requirements are not enforced, which means that users can configure passwords of any length or complexity. With the requirement enabled, passwords must meet the complexity requirements listed in the Controller UI, which include having at least eight characters, containing both upper and lower case letters, and more.

To enforce strong password requirements, select the Require Strong Passwords check box in the Authentication Provider tab of the Settings > Administration page.

Passwords set by users after you enable this requirement must meet the requirements listed in the UI. Enabling the option does not affect passwords that are already set.