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Admins vs. RBAC Users
An RBAC User has the ability to access the Kong Enterprise Admin API. The Permissions assigned to their Role will define the types of actions they can perform with various Admin API objects.
An Admin, like an RBAC User, has the ability to access the Kong Enterprise Admin API. The Admin also has the ability log in to Kong Manager. Like an RBAC User, an Admin’s Role will determine the types of actions it can perform—except that they will also have the ability to benefit from Kong Manager’s interface and visualizations.
If creating a service account for Kong Enterprise, e.g., for a machine as part of an automated process, then an RBAC User is adequate.
If creating a personal account for Kong Enterprise, then Admin may be preferable since it also has access to Kong Manager.
How to Add an RBAC User in Kong Manager
From the dashboard, click the Teams tab in the top navigation menu.
On the Teams page, click the RBAC Users tab.
Using the dropdown menu, select which Workspace the new user has access to.
Note: The Default Workspace is global, meaning the RBAC User with access to default has access to entities across all other Workspaces. This Workspace assignment is useful for administrative and auditing accounts, but not for members of specific teams.
Click the Add New User button to the right of the dropdown menu to open the registration form.
In the Add New User registration form provide a Name, User Token, Comment, and Enablement
The name of the RBAC User must be globally unique, even if two users are in different Workspaces, and it cannot have the same as an Admin account.
These naming conventions are important if using OIDC, LDAP, or another external method of identity and access management.
The RBAC User account is enabled by default, if you want the RBAC User account to start in a disabled state and enable it later, uncheck the box.
Click the Add User Roles button in the Role(s) per workspace section. Select the Role (or Roles) desired for the new RBAC User.
If the RBAC User has no Roles assigned, it will not have permission to access any objects.
An RBAC User’s Role assignments may be altered later if needed.
The Roles can only belong to one Workspace, as selected in Step 3.
To provide an RBAC User with access to objects in multiple Workspaces, see Step 3.
Click Create User to complete the user registration.
The page will automatically redirect back to the Teams page, where the new user is listed.