Managing Users

Review these topics to learn about adding users and managing access to the ChaosSearch console.

User accounts enable access to the ChaosSearch console and APIs. The three types of users are owner, administrator, and user.


Owners & Administrators

The owner and administrators are the only users permitted to access the Accounts page and to perform the tasks to manage users.

There are different ways to create and manage user accounts:

  • Console Accounts page
  • ChaosSearch APIs
  • Single-sign on integrations

The following content describes how to manage user accounts from the ChaosSearch console.

Adding New Users

In the ChaosSearch console, administrators and the account owner can create user accounts to access the system. In most cases users perform tasks like using Kibana to run queries and dashboards. Users might also be allowed to manage Refinery views and object groups, although object groups are typically managed by administrators.

To access the Accounts page:

  1. Log in to the ChaosSearch console as an administrator or the owner.
  2. Click your account name in the top-right corner, and select Accounts in the pop-up menu.


If the pop-up menu does not have an Accounts option, your account does not have permission to manage user accounts from the console.

There are two tabbed areas on the Accounts page:

  • The Users tab lists the configured users on the system.
  • The Groups tab lists the configured groups on the system.

To add a new user:

  1. Click Add User in the top right corner. The Add User page appears.
  1. In the Full Name field, type the full name for the new user.
  2. In the Email field, type the e-mail address for the new user. The e-mail address is used as the login name and must be unique across user accounts.
  3. In the Password field, type the initial password for the user.
  4. In the Capacity field, select the percentage of resources that the user can be granted:
  • Small (25%)
  • Medium (50%)
  • Large (75%)


About the Capacity Limit

The ChaosSearch design supports concurrent user activity, and you can configure users to be able to use a larger or smaller percentage of the compute resources. An administrator or owner is permitted to use 100% of capacity.

If a small-configured user invokes a search/query, the system could use up to 100% of the available capacity if there are no simultaneous requests from users or indexing. If there are 3 medium-configured users invoking a search/query at the same time, available compute is allocated in a round-robin fashion until all work is complete. When percentages for concurrent users are different, each user gets a proportional time slice in the round-robin scheduler based on their capacity setting. A good rule of thumb for every 25 users added, another worker node should be added.

  1. In the Group list, select the group membership of the user. You can select from options such as Default access or any of the configured groups defined in the Groups page.

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