Using administration roles in the Domino® Directory ACL

The Domino® Directory ACL includes Creator and Modifier roles that you assign to administrators so they have the authority to create and edit specific types of documents. By assigning one or more roles along with general access levels, you can limit an administrator's access to some types of documents but allow greater access to other types of documents.

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Roles are useful when groups of administrators have specialized responsibilities. If all of the administrators in your organization have identical administrative responsibilities, assign them to all roles. The access defined in the ACL by a role never exceeds a general access level. For example, even if you give the UserCreator role to an administrator who has Reader access in the ACL, the administrator cannot use the Create menu to create Person documents.

Creator roles

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Assign creator roles to control who can create documents in the Domino® Directory. To create documents in the Domino® Directory, administrators must have:

  • The "Create documents" privilege
  • The Creator role that corresponds to the type of document being created
Table 1. Creator roles




Administrators to create Group documents


Administrators to create all documents except Person, Group, Policy, and Server documents


Administrators to create Policy documents


Administrators to create Server documents


Administrators to create Person documents

CAUTION: Assigning Creator roles does not provide true security because Domino® sometimes ignores Creator roles when administrators add documents to the directory programmatically.

Modifier roles

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Rather than assigning Editor access which allows administrators to modify all documents, assign administrators Author access along with one or more Modifier roles to control the types of documents they can edit. For example, assign the UserModifier role to administrators who are responsible for managing users. Unlike Creator roles, Modifier roles are a true security feature.

Table 2. Modifier roles




Administrators to edit Group documents


Administrators to edit all documents except Person, Group, Policy, and Server documents


Administrators to edit Policy documents


Administrators to edit Server documents


Administrators to edit Person documents

When using Modifier roles, keep in mind the following points:

  • An administrator with Author access and a Modifier role cannot edit fields assigned the security property Must have at least Editor access to use.
  • To delete a document, an administrator must have Author access, the Delete documents privilege, and the appropriate Modifier role.
  • Modifier roles apply only to administrators who have Author access. Administrators who have Editor access or higher can automatically modify all documents except Policy documents. To edit Policy documents, even administrators with Editor access require the PolicyModifier role.