This is an introductory chapter about SAM. In the coming chapters, you will learnhow different tasks are done with the help of this tool.
12.1 Why Use SAM?
SAM is designed to help system administrators perform routine tasks. With SAM,tasks that require a number of steps can be performed in a single step. It is theresponsibility of SAM to execute actual commands for you. Briefly, theadvantages of using SAM are as follows.1. You get menus and icons. They are easy to use and less laborious thantyping long commands manually.2. SAM provides you with comprehensive details of your system. For example, you can see a list of installed printers and their properties.Similarly, by just clicking an icon, you are able to see all disks attached toyour system. Another icon will show you network adapters and networkconfiguration related to each adapter. It is very useful to know the existingsystem configuration before adding a new piece of hardware.3. You don't need to remember complex commands used for routine tasks.4. It provides a uniform interface on all HP-9000 series servers andworkstations.5. It gives you centralized control for your network, as you can run it remotelyon any machine and view the result on your local GUI.6. You can assign limited root access to users if you want to distributesystem administration tasks. For example, if you want to assign printer management to one person and network management to another, SAMprovides you with the facility to define restricted areas for users. A user can only go into that area of SAM assigned to him or her. At the same time, it must be remembered that true system administration is acomplex job
you need to know what is going on behind the scenes. AlthoughSAM can add new users for you, you need to know how to add a user manually.