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Exports file overview

The exports file determines which BMC Server Automation clients have access to a server. With the exports file you can set permissions on a per-client basis and, when necessary, use the users or users.local files to override those permissions for particular users. Often the exports file is used to set global permission that apply to users on all client machines.

For example, you can use the exports file to limit all clients to read-only permission on the server. Then you can use the users or users.local files to specify individual users who are granted read/write permission on that server.

Access permissions are defined for each individual RSCD agent and must be configured separately on each host where the RSCD agent is running. Updating the exports file on the host where you are running Network Shell or other BMC Server Automation applications does not set access permissions for managed servers.

When an rscd daemon starts on a server, it automatically reads the exports file. When changes are made to the exports file, the daemon automatically re-reads it. All subsequent client connections have the access permissions defined in the modified version of the exports file. Existing client connections are not affected by the changes. You do not have to restart the agent or otherwise instruct it to read the new exports file.

If the exports file does not exist or it does not contain any configuration information, you cannot establish a connection with an agent.

The exports file resides in different locations in Windows and UNIX systems, as described in the following table.



Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX



<WINDIR>\rsc\exports (For example, <WINDIR> can be \windows or \winnt.)

The exports file does not grant permissions on Windows servers to roles that are set up for Windows user mapping. For information about Windows user mapping, see the Windows user mapping and agent ACLs. If you are using Windows user mapping to grant permissions to roles, the exports file might still include entries that apply to Windows servers. Only the user mapping information in the exports file is ignored.

The following topics provide more information about configuring the exports file:

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