Wheel Group on HP-UX 11i

On HP-UX 11i, it appears that setting up the wheel group has been made easier than ever through the use of PAM and the pam_hpsec module.

To enable the wheel group, make sure that the wheel group does, in fact, exist – you’ll probably have to add it. After adding the wheel group, make yourself a member of it (no sense in getting locked out, right?).

Edit the file /etc/default/security and look for the entry:

# SU_ROOT_GROUP=wheel

Uncomment this line (by removing the first two characters) and save:

SU_ROOT_GROUP=wheel

You’re done! Easy, wasn’t it?

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The Demise of the HP-UX System Administration Manager (SAM)

The venerable HP-UX utility SAM is now deprecated as of HP-UX 11v3, and in its stead is the System Manager Homepage (SMH). In HP-UX 11v3, SAM gives a message about being deprecated, then runs SMH. In HP-UX 11v4 (whenever that comes along) there will be no SAM.

The SMH requires a browser (such as Mozilla or Firefox) and a web server (Apache) to be installed, and certain plugins also require Java and Apache Tomcat. The text-based user interface is still there, but it is a basic (and usable) interface – no fancy windows (shucks). The requirements are indeed quite heavy for a server install – one of the very first things to do on a server when installing (and securing) is to strip out everything possible (and most especially complex network servers). Sigh.

Heavy or not, HP-UX does include all of these products on the distribution DVDs, so installing them isn’t a big deal – it’s just that when you want to strip things down to the basics, it becomes difficult when the developer of the software keeps increasing what you need to run.  Oh, well – it’ll be pretty.