What are user privileges?

Privileges determine what a user is authorized to do with the data and the database. Privileges should be assigned based on the type of work the person does within the organization. Is the user involved with administration of the geodatabase? Does the user need to edit or create data? Would the user only need to query the data?

Users or groups of users are granted privileges that affect what they can do in the database. Some users can only connect to the database. These are read-only users. Other users can connect to the database and create datasets. Others can connect to the database and edit datasets but not create or delete them. Some can perform administrative tasks, such as creating backup files or performing a compress operation.

User privileges are set at different levels: the databaes management system, database, geodatabase versions, and datasets in a database.