What are user permissions?

Permissions determine what a user is authorized to do with the data and the geodatabase. Permissions 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 given permissions that affect what they can do in the geodatabase. Some users can only connect to the geodatabase. These are read-only users. Other users can connect to the geodatabase 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 permissions are set at different levels: the database, geodatabase versions, and datasets in the database.