Creating user profiles

You can create user profiles for Active Directory users and—in hierarchical zone environments—local users. A user profile consists of the attributes required by the name service switch (NSS) facility on Linux and UNIX computers. User attributes that must be defined for the user profile to be complete are the following:

  • A user name (the UNIX login name).
  • A unique numeric user identifier (UID).
  • The user’s primary group profile numeric identifier (GID).
  • The default home directory for the user.
  • The default login shell for the user.
  • General information about the user account (GECOS). (This attribute is required for Active Directory user profiles, but not for local user profiles.)

A user must have a complete profile with all of these attributes defined to be recognized as a valid user in a zone or on a specific computer. You can optionally define other attributes that are not required for the user profile to be complete.

These are the same attributes you define locally for Linux and UNIX users in the /etc/passwd file.

For details about creating profiles for Active Directory users, see Creating user profiles for Active Directory users. For details about creating profiles for local Linux and UNIX groups, see Creating, modifying, and deleting user profiles for local users.