Manage access to your DevOps toolchains

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IBM® Bluemix® allows you to quickly stand up and manage your DevOps toolchains to develop, deploy, and test your applications. You can manage access to your toolchain via the Manage tab on the toolchain page. When you create a toolchain, the toolchain’s organization is added with ADMIN rights by default. This means all members of the toolchain’s organization can view, modify, and delete the toolchain.

Organizations and users who appear in the access control table have permission to view and use the toolchain. Organizations and users who have the ADMIN box checked are toolchain administrators and can also modify and delete the toolchain. When you check the ADMIN box on an organization, all members of that organization are toolchain admins. You can restrict access to the toolchain by only allowing specific users to view it, and other users to administer it:

Here, organization members do not automatically get access to this toolchain – only the users listed can view the toolchain. If you’d like all organization members to be able to view and use the toolchain, but only allow certain users to manage it, you can click the Add org button to add the organization entry without the ADMIN checkbox, then add the toolchain administrators individually:

It is a good idea to have more than one toolchain administrator as a backup to account for vacations, etc. To prevent accidental lockout, you can also contact one of the organization members with the MANAGER role, who automatically get admin rights to all the toolchain in the organization, even if not explicitly listed in the toolchain access control page.

Note that users must be members of the toolchain’s organization to access it – even if you are listed in the access control list, if you’re no longer a member of the organization, you will not have access. This will be indicated by a warning sign with a tooltip.

If a user is covered by both an organization entry and a user entry, and only one of the entries has the ADMIN box checked, then the user is an admin.

In addition to restricting access to the toolchain, the permissions also affect some of the tools themselves, such as Delivery Pipeline. Other tools that have their own access control such as GitHub and Git Repos and Issue Tracking are not affected by toolchain access control.

Check out the docs to learn more.


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