How to manage users
See also: User
Juju has an internal user framework that allows for the sharing of controllers and models. To achieve this, a Juju user can be created, disabled, and have rights granted and revoked. Users remote to the system that created a controller can use their own Juju client to log in to the controller and manage the environment based on the rights conferred. Multiple users can be accommodated by the same Juju client.
- Create a user
- Logins and logouts
- Disabling and re-enabling users
- Changing user passwords
- Re-generating a lost registration string
- Managing models in a multi-user context
- Revoking access
There are two ways to create a user in Juju:
To add a user implicitly, bootstrap a controller into a cloud.
# Bootstrap a controller into a cloud: $ juju bootstrap localhost localhost-controller
As you can verify using
juju whoami and
juju show-user, this creates a user with the username
admin and controller-level
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# Print current login details: $ juju whoami Controller: localhost-controller Model: default User: admin # View details for user `admin`: $ juju show-user admin user-name: admin display-name: admin access: superuser date-created: 8 minutes ago last-connection: just now
If you try to log out via
logout, you will also notice that this user lacks a password. Set one using
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# Try to log out: $ juju logout ERROR preventing account loss It appears that you have not changed the password for your account. If this is the case, change the password first before logging out, so that you can log in again afterwards. To change your password, run the command "juju change-user-password". If you are sure you want to log out, and it is safe to clear the credentials from the client, then you can run this command again with the "--force" option. # Set a password: $ juju change-user-password admin new password: ****** type new password again: ****** Your password has been changed.
To create users with other usernames and roles, use the explicit method.
To add a user explicitly, use the
# Add a user named `alex`: $ juju add-user alex User "alex" added Please send this command to alex: juju register MFUTBGFsZXgwFRMTMTAuMTM2LjEzNi4xOToxNzA3MAQghBj6RLW5VgmCSWsAesRm5unETluNu1-FczN9oVfNGuYTFGxvY2FsaG9zdC1jb250cm9sbGVy "alex" has not been granted access to any models. You can use "juju grant" to grant access.
As the output prompt indicates, at this point you can also grant the user more access, if you want. Or you can skip this for now and get back to it later.
Then, send the provided command to the intended user.
On their end, they must run the provided code in a terminal. This will prompt them to set a password (to be stored on the controller) and also choose a name for the controller that they have been given access to (the prompt suggests the original name, below,
localhost-controller, but the user can also choose a different name, provided it is unique in the context of the
$ juju register MFUTBGFsZXgwFRMTMTAuMTM2LjEzNi4xOToxNzA3MAQghBj6RLW5VgmCSWsAesRm5unETluNu1-FczN9oVfNGuYTFGxvY2FsaG9zdC1jb250cm9sbGVy Enter a new password: ******** Confirm password: ******** Enter a name for this controller [localhost-controller]: localhost-controller Initial password successfully set for alex. Welcome, alex. You are now logged into "localhost-controller". There are no models available. You can add models with "juju add-model", or you can ask an administrator or owner of a model to grant access to that model with "juju grant".
Controller registration (and any other Juju operations that involves communication between a client and a controller) necessitates the client be able to contact the controller over the network on TCP port 17070. In particular, if using a LXD-based cloud, network routes need to be in place (i.e. to contact the controller LXD container the client traffic must be routed through the LXD host).
As you can verify on your end, the user thus created has
login access only though, as suggested in the output above, you can grant them more privileges via
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$ juju show-user alex user-name: alex access: login date-created: 15 minutes ago last-connection: 2 minutes ago
A user who has just registered a controller is automatically logged in to that controller.
A user can log out at any time:
To log in to a controller, the administrator needs to specify both the user and the controller:
juju login -u mat -c lxd-bionic-1
The following is a quick way to determine the current user (as well as the current controller and model):
Controller: lxd-bionic-1 Model: <no-current-model> User: mat
See Controller logins for more information.
To immediately sever a user’s communication with their controller the
disable-user command is employed. To re-establish communication the
enable-user command is used.
To disable the user ‘mike’:
juju disable-user mike
juju enable-user mike
Disabled users are suppressed in the output to the
users command unless the
--all option is used, whereby the output will show “disabled”:
Controller: cstack Name Display name Access Date created Last connection admin* admin superuser 2018-12-12 just now mike login 17 minutes ago never connected (disabled)
A user is prompted to set a password when registering a controller. This password can subsequently be changed either by the user himself or by a controller admin. For the user, it is simply a matter of running:
The admin user supplies the name of the user whose password is to be changed:
juju change-user-password mike
Then simply follow the prompts to enter and confirm a new password.
If the original registering token fails to work or is lost a new token can be generated by a controller admin. This is done through the use of the
--reset option in conjunction with the
change-user-password command. For example, to generate a new token for ‘jon’:
juju change-user-password jon --reset
The previous token will be invalidated, and the user should register with the new token.
In this section we go over the various ways models can be managed in a multi-user context. Subtopics include:
- Providing model ownership during model creation
- Model access
- Controller access
- Cloud access (
The model creator becomes, by default, the model owner. However, the creation process does allow for owner designation. To add model ‘staging’ and designate user ‘neo’ as the owner:
juju add-model --owner=neo staging
See the Adding a model page for the basics on adding models.
A controller admin uses the
grant command to give a user ‘read’, ‘write’, or ‘admin’ access to a model:
read: A user can view the state of a model (e.g.
write: In addition to ‘read’ abilities, a user can modify/configure models (e.g.
admin: In addition to ‘write’ abilities, a user can perform model upgrades (
upgrade-model) and connect to machines via
juju ssh. Makes the user an effective model owner. See Machine authentication for how to connect to machines.
Here we give ‘bob’ write access to model ‘genesis’:
juju grant bob write genesis
Current model access for a user can be viewed by specifying the user with the
models command. Here we inspect the access enjoyed by user ‘mat’:
juju models --user mat
Controller: lxd-bionic-1 Model Cloud/Region Status Access Last connection admin/euphoric* localhost/localhost available read never connected
Notice how the model name is prepended with the remote user’s name, which is the ‘owner’ of the model.
Access can be viewed on a per-model basis by using the
show-model command. Here we query model ‘mara’:
juju show-model mara
users: admin: display-name: admin access: admin last-connection: never connected jim: access: write last-connection: never connected pete: access: admin last-connection: never connected
A controller actually refers to a special kind of model that acts as the nucleus for each cloud environment. In addition to the three levels of model access, three further levels of access can be applied to a controller:
login: the standard access level, enabling a user to log in to a controller.
superuser: makes a user an effective controller administrator.
The command syntax for controller access is the same as for model access, only without the need to specify a model. As usual, with no controller specified via the
-c option, the current controller is the assumed target.
Here we give ‘jim’ the ‘add-model’ permission:
juju grant jim add-model
Current controller access for all users registered to a controller can be viewed with the
users command. Example output:
Controller: azure-1 Name Display name Access Date created Last connection admin* admin superuser 2018-12-14 just now bob login 1 hour ago 50 minutes ago jim add-model 2018-12-14 58 minutes ago
In addition, a controller admin can use the
show-user command to get controller access on a per-user basis, in addition to other information on the user.
v.2.6.0, models from more than one cloud can be managed by a controller. The controller will naturally manage the cloud that hosts the controller itself but afterwards other clouds can be added. With such a design it is natural to want to manage user access on a per-cloud basis. This is done with the
revoke command is used by a controller administrator to demote a user’s access to the next lowest level. That is, if a user has ‘write’ access to a model and ‘read’ is revoked then both ‘read’ and ‘write’ are removed. This works similarly for controller access. If a user has ‘superuser’ access and ‘add-model’ is revoked then both ‘add-model’ and ‘superuser’ are removed.
If user ‘bob’ has ‘write’ access to model ‘gotcha’, use the following to remove all access to this model:
juju revoke bob read gotcha
Confirm this action with
juju models --user bob.
If user ‘jim’ has ‘superuser’ access to controller ‘waves’, use the following to leave the user with just ‘login’ access:
juju revoke -c waves jim add-model
Confirm this action with
juju show-user --user jim.
As usual, if a controller is not specified (
-c) the default controller is the currently active one.
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