4. Account

The Account Configuration section of the administrative GUI describes how to manually create and manage users and groups. This section contains the following entries:

  • Groups: used to manage UNIX-style groups on the FreeNAS® system.
  • Users: used to manage UNIX-style accounts on the FreeNAS® system.

Each of these entries are described in more detail in this section.

4.1. Groups

The Groups interface allows you to manage UNIX-style groups on the FreeNAS® system.


if a directory service is running on your network, you do not need to recreate the network’s users or groups. Instead, import the existing account information into FreeNAS®. Refer to Directory Service for details.

This section describes how to create a group and assign it user accounts. The next section will describe how to create user accounts.

If you click Groups ‣ View Groups, you will see a screen similar to Figure 4.1a.

Figure 4.1a: FreeNAS® Groups Management


All groups that came with the operating system will be listed. Each group has an entry indicating the group ID, group name, whether or not it is a built-in group which was installed with FreeNAS®, and whether or not the group’s members are allowed to use sudo. If you click a group entry, a “Members” button will appear. Click this button to view and modify that group’s membership.

If you click the “Add Group” button, you will see the screen shown in Figure 4.1b. Table 4.1a summarizes the available options when creating a group.

Figure 4.1b: Creating a New Group


Table 4.1a: Options When Creating a Group

Setting Value Description
Group ID string the next available group ID will be suggested for you; by convention, UNIX groups containing user accounts have an ID greater than 1000 and groups required by a service have an ID equal to the default port number used by the service (e.g. the sshd group has an ID of 22)
Group Name string mandatory
Permit Sudo checkbox if checked, members of the group have permission to use sudo
Allow repeated GIDs checkbox allows multiple groups to share the same group id (GID); this is useful when a GID is already associated with the UNIX permissions for existing data

Once the group and users are created, you can assign users as members of a group. Highlight the group you wish to assign users to, then click the “Members” button. Highlight the user in the “Member users” list (which shows all user accounts on the system) and click the “>>” to move that user to the right frame. The user accounts which appear in the right frame will be added as members of that group.

In the example shown in Figure 4.1c, the data1 group has been created and the user1 user account has been created with a primary group of user1. The “Members” button for the data1 group has been selected and user1 has been added as a member of that group.

Figure 4.1c: Assigning a User as a Member of a Group


To delete a group, click its “Delete Group” button. The pop-up message will ask whether or not you would also like to delete all members of that group. Note that the built-in groups do not provide a “Delete Group” button.

4.2. Users

FreeNAS® supports users, groups, and permissions, allowing great flexibility in configuring which users have access to the data stored on FreeNAS®. In order to assign permissions to shares, you will need to do one of the following:

  1. Create a guest account that all users will use or create a user account for every user in the network where the name of each account is the same as a logon name used on a computer. For example, if a Windows system has a login name of bobsmith, you should create a user account with the name bobsmith on FreeNAS®. If your intent is to assign groups of users different permissions to shares, you will need to also create groups and assign users to the groups.
  2. If your network uses a directory service, import the existing account information using the instructions in Directory Service.

Account ‣ Users ‣ View Users provides a listing of all of the system accounts that were installed with the FreeNAS® operating system, as shown in Figure 4.2a.

Figure 4.2a: Managing User Accounts


Each account entry indicates the user ID, username, primary group ID, home directory, default shell, full name, whether or not it is a built-in user that came with the FreeNAS® installation, the email address, whether or not logins are disabled, whether or not the user account is locked, and whether or not the user is allowed to use sudo. To reorder the list, click the desired column name. An arrow indicates which column the view is sorted by; click the arrow to reverse the sort order.

If you click a user account, the following buttons will appear for that account:

  • Modify User: used to modify the account’s settings, as listed in Table 4.2b.
  • Change E-mail: used to change the email address associated with the account.


it is important to set the email address for the built-in root user account as important system messages are sent to the root user. For security reasons, password logins are disabled for the root account and changing this setting is highly discouraged.

Every account that came with the FreeNAS® operating system, except for the root user, is a system account. Each system account is used by a service and should not be available for use as a login account. For this reason, the default shell is nologin(8). For security reasons, and to prevent breakage of system services, you should not modify the system accounts.

To create a user account, click the “Add User” button to open the screen shown in Figure 4.2b. Some settings are only available in “Advanced Mode”. To see these settings, either click the “Advanced Mode” button or configure the system to always display these settings by checking the box “Show advanced fields by default” in System ‣ Advanced. Table 4.2a summarizes the options which are available when you create or modify a user account.

Figure 4.2b: Adding or Editing a User Account


Table 4.2a: User Account Configuration

Setting Value Description
User ID integer greyed out if user already created; when creating an account, the next numeric ID will be suggested; by convention, user accounts have an ID greater than 1000 and system accounts have an ID equal to the default port number used by the service
Username string greyed out if user already created; maximum 32 characters though a maximum of 8 is recommended for interoperability; can not begin with a hyphen, if a $ is used it can only be the last character, and it can not contain a space, tab, or the characters , : + & # % ^ & ( ) ! @ ~ * ? < > = “
Create a new primary group checkbox by default, a primary group with the same name as the user will be created; uncheck this box to select a different primary group name; in Unix, a primary group is not the same as a secondary/auxiliary group
Primary Group drop-down menu must uncheck “Create a new primary group” in order to access this menu; for security reasons, FreeBSD will not give a user su permissions if wheel is their primary group; to give a user su access, add them to the wheel group in “Auxiliary groups”
Create Home Directory In browse button browse to the name of an existing volume or dataset that the user will be assigned permission to access
Home Directory Mode checkboxes only available in “Advanced Mode” and will be read-only for built-in users; sets default Unix permissions of user’s home directory
Shell drop-down menu select shell to use for local and SSH logins; see table 4.2b for an overview of available shells
Full Name string mandatory, may contain spaces
E-mail string email address associated with the account
Password string mandatory unless check box “Disable password login”; cannot contain a ?
Password confirmation string must match the value of “Password”
Disable password login checkbox when checked, the user can not log into the system or authenticate to a CIFS share; to undo this setting, set a password for the user using the “Change Password” button for the user in “View Users”; checking this box will grey out “Lock user” and “Permit Sudo” which are mutually exclusive
Lock user checkbox a checked box prevents user from logging in until the account is unlocked (box is unchecked); checking this box will grey out “Disable password login” which is mutually exclusive
Permit Sudo checkbox if checked, members of the group have permission to use sudo
SSH Public Key string paste the user’s public key to be used for SSH key authentication (do not paste the private key!)
Auxiliary groups mouse selection highlight the group(s) you wish to add the user to and use the >> button to add the user to the highlighted groups

Table 4.2b: Available Shells

Shell Description
netcli.sh user can access the Console Setup menu shown in Figure 3a, even if it is disabled in System ‣ Advanced ‣ Enable Console Menu
csh C shell
sh Bourne shell
tcsh Enhanced C shell
nologin use when creating a system account or to create a user account that can authenticate with shares but which cannot login to the FreeNAS system using ssh
bash Bourne Again shell
ksh93 Korn shell
mksh mirBSD Korn shell
rbash Restricted bash
rzsh Restricted zsh
scponly select scponly to restrict the user’s SSH usage to only the scp and sftp commands
zsh Z shell
git-shell restricted git shell

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