Documentation for Crowd 2.9. Documentation for earlier versions of Crowd is available too.

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This page tells you how to authorize users to access Crowd, without giving them Crowd administration rights. Only Crowd administrators can authorize other users to access Crowd.

Administrators and Non-Administrators

The Crowd Administration Console presents the full range of Crowd administration functionality to authorized Crowd administrators.

Authorized Crowd users who are not administrators can also access the Crowd Console. They will see a subset of functionality, which we call the 'Self-Service Console'. Refer to the Crowd User Guide for details of this functionality.

Non-administrators cannot affect other users or the Crowd installation

Granting Crowd user rights will give your users the power to update their own profiles and passwords and view their authorization details. But they will not be able to view or update other user profiles, nor perform any Crowd administration functions.

Authorizing Non-Administrators to Use the Crowd Self-Service Console

To authorize a non-administrator to use Crowd, you should ensure that both of the following are true:

  • The person's username is in a user directory where all users are authorized to use Crowd. See the instructions below.
  • The person is not a member of a group mapped to the 'crowd' application. (Group members will have Crowd administration rights.)

To grant an entire directory access to Crowd,

  1. Log in to the Crowd Administration Console.
  2. Map your chosen user directory to the 'crowd' application.
  3. On the 'Directories' tab, set the 'Allow All to Authenticate' option to 'True'.
  4. Add the user(s) to the directory, if not already added.

Screenshot: Granting an entire directory access to the 'crowd' application


Granting Crowd Administration Rights to a User
Crowd User Guide
Crowd Documentation

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  1. (warning)Warning(warning): The above procedure allows ALL the users of a directory to authenticate to Crowd. As a consequence all the directory users are taken in account to calculate the "Current User" count on your Crowd installation.

    Unless you have few users in the directory or a license with unlimited users on Crowd, there is a big risk you will exceed the license user limit. Exceeding the limit causes crowd to lock out all login attempts until you provide a license that matches the amount of users that have access to Crowd.(sad)