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Administrators (Master Data Services)

In Master Data Services, there are two types of administrators: model administrators, and the Master Data Services system administrator.

In Master Data Services, a model administrator is a user who has Update permission assigned to the top-level model object on the Model Objects tab and no other assigned permissions.

  • If the user has access to the Explorer functional area, the user can add, delete, and update all master data in this area.

  • If the user has access to other functional areas, the user can perform all administrative tasks available in the functional area.

Each model can have multiple administrators. Each user can be a model administrator for one, several, or all models in the Master Data Services deployment.

A user can be configured as a model administrator either in Master Data Manager or programmatically. For more information, see Create a Model Administrator (Master Data Services).

There is only one Master Data Services system administrator. The system administrator is the user specified for the Administrator Account when you create the Master Data Services database.

The Master Data Services system administrator:

  • Automatically has access to all functional areas.

  • Can add, delete, and update all master data for all models in the Explorer functional area.

You can change the user who is assigned as the system administrator. For more information, see Change the System Administrator Account (Master Data Services).

Administrator Type

Description

Master Data Services system administrator

  • Permissions assigned in Master Data Manager have no effect on the administrator’s access.

  • Automatically has Update permission to all models.

  • Automatically has access to all functional areas.

  • In mdm.tblUser, the value in the ID column is 1.

Model administrator

  • Permissions assigned in Master Data Manager determine whether or not the user is a model administrator.

  • Can be a model administrator based on permissions assigned explicitly or permissions inherited from a group.

  • Is an administrator only for models that have Update permission assigned to top-level model object, and no other permissions.

  • Has access only to functional areas that access is granted to.

  • In mdm.tblUser, the value in the ID column is not 1.

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