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17.2. Create User

Create a user account for yourself with this screen. Always use this account to log in to your Fedora system, rather than using the root account.
Firstboot create user screen
Firstboot create user screen
Figure 17.3. Firstboot create user screen

Enter a user name and your full name, and then enter your chosen password. Type your password once more in the Confirm Password box to ensure that it is correct.
Check the Add to Administrators group box if you would like administrative privileges. This will place you in the wheel group, which gives you access to all administrative functions, including installing and updating software, creating and altering configuration files, and administering other users.
To configure Fedora to use network services for authentication of user information, click Use Network Login. Refer to Section 17.2.1, “Authentication Configuration” for further details.
To create additional users or customise your first user account, click Advanced to open the User Manager.
User Manager
Firstboot user manager screen
Figure 17.4. User Manager

In User Manager you can edit various properties, such as a private group for the user, the preferred login shell, and user and group IDs.

Important — Create at least one user account

If you do not create at least one user account in this step, you will not be able to log in to the Fedora graphical environment. If you skipped this step during installation, refer to Section 10.4.3, “Booting into a Graphical Environment”.

Note — Creating Extra User Accounts

To add additional user accounts to your system after the installation is complete, choose SystemAdministrationUsers & Groups.

17.2.1. Authentication Configuration

If you clicked Use Network Login on the Create User screen, you must now specify how users are to be authenticated on the system. Use the drop-down menu to select from the following types of user database:
  • Local accounts only (for use when the user database on the network is not accessible)
  • LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)
  • NIS (Network Information Service)
  • Winbind (for use with Microsoft Active Directory)
Firstboot Authentication Configuration screen
Firstboot Authentication Configuration screen
Figure 17.5. Firstboot Authentication Configuration screen

When you select the type of user database appropriate for your network, you must provide additional details relevant to that database type. For example, if you select LDAP, you must specify the base distinguished name for LDAP searches, and the address of the LDAP server. You must also select an Authentication Method relevant to the type of user database that you chose, for example, a Kerberos password, LDAP password, or NIS password.
The Advanced Options tab lets you enable other authentication mechanisms, including fingerprint readers, smart cards, and local access control in /etc/security/access.conf.
Firstboot authentication Advanced Options screen
Firstboot authentication Advanced Options screen
Figure 17.6. Firstboot authentication Advanced Options screen

The Password Options tab lets you set format requirements for user passwords, including minimum length and required character classes such as lower case, upper case, and numbers.
Firstboot authentication Password Options screen
Firstboot authentication Password Options screen
Figure 17.7. Firstboot authentication Password Options screen