Creating required accounts and directories on Solaris and Linux

Article:HOWTO59376  |  Created: 2011-10-04  |  Updated: 2011-10-04  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO59376
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Creating required accounts and directories on Solaris and Linux

The Scanner runs as the mailwall user in the bmi group. Before you install the Scanner, you must create the bmi group and the mailwall user in the bmi group. The mailwall user and bmi group should not be removed or modified.

After you create the mailwall user and bmi group, create a mail alias for the mailwall account. The alias lets the administrator read the email that is sent to the mailwall user. For more information about how to create a mail alias, see your mail application documentation.

You must also create a user for the MySQL database if you intend to install the Control Center and the Quarantine.

You do not need to create any special accounts or directories if you use Windows.

To create the required account and directory on Solaris

  1. If you are not logged on as the root user, type the following commands:

    $ su

    Password: your_root_password

  2. To install a new version of Symantec Message Filter, type the following commands:

    mkdir /opt/symantec
    cd /opt/symantec
    mkdir sbas
    groupadd bmi
    groupadd avdefs
    groupadd mysql
    useradd -c "MySQL user" -g mysql mysql
    useradd -c "dummy user for Brightmail" \
    -d </opt/symantec/sbas/Scanner> \
    -m -g bmi -G bmi,avdefs mailwall
    

    To upgrade from a previous version of Symantec Message Filter, type the following commands:

    groupadd avdefs
    usermod -G avdefs mailwall
    

    Where </opt/symantec> is your installation directory location.

    If you use a non-default installation directory location, replace /opt/symantec/sbas/Scanner with /$loadpoint.

    The comment " dummy user for Brightmail" lets other administrators who use this Solaris computer know why the mailwall user exists.

To create the required account and directory on Linux

  • To install a new version of Symantec Message Filter, type the following commands:

    $ su
    Password: your_root_password
    groupadd -r bmi 
    groupadd -r avdefs
    useradd -c "dummy user for Brightmail" -d \
    </opt/symantec/sbas/Scanner> -m -r \
    -g bmi -G bmi,avdefs mailwall
    groupadd -r mysql
    useradd -c "MySQL user" -r -g mysql mysql
    
    

    To upgrade from a previous version of Symantec Message Filter, type the following commands:

    groupadd -r avdefs
    usermod -G avdefs mailwall
     

    Where </opt/symantec/sbas/Scanner> is your installation directory location. The location that is specified in this command is the default location.

    If you use a non-default installation directory location, replace /opt/symantec/sbas/Scanner with /$loadpoint.

    The -r flag (Red Hat Enterprise Linux only) places the specified user or group into a specific range of account IDs used for system accounts.

    The comment "dummy user for Brightmail" lets other administrators who use the computer know why the mailwall user exists.

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