Why should I get a Security Plus certification just to administer Business Objects on a Windows 2008 server ?

I'm working as a team member in Business Objects, there's a handful of us and we spread the wealth among Administration, Universe Design, and Report writing. The BO server (running Tomcat) resides on a Windows 2008 machine.

We get on to this machine for various BO Admin tasks (recently: setting up Active Directory Authentication, getting Auditing set up, etc.). BUT - by virtue of doing this on the W 2008 server, we are required to get a Security Plus certification . . . that seems a bit of an overkill to me.

So the logic here is that by logging on to the Windows server, that (by definition) gives us "privileged access" (aka "root access") and therefore we need the certification to prove we are trained not to crash the system.

What do you think ? As a business objects team member, this seems like a lot of training on Security Plus for basically no value to the organization.

My main question though is - what exactly is "privileged access" ? Just by logging on, does that gives me privileged access ? Isn't there a way to get on the machine with "Non-privileged access" ? In other words, only give me access to Business Objects things, and therefore I really don't have "root access"?

It's a lot of time and effort to get Security Plus certified, time that seems to me would be better spent on Business Objects training.
Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAsked:
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Not being a BO Admin, do you change things on the server or are you doing all your work through the CMC?

If it is all through the CMC then you should be able to log into that from any client on the network.


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Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
That's the thing, we do most of our work through CMC and Designer. But there are things that we do infrequently on the server (change passwords, stop/re-start Tomcat, etc.). So the need to be on the server is there, but I'm basically a report writer and a Universe designer. I can do things on the server, that's not a big deal, but if having to get a Security Plus is prerequisite, then I un-volunteer myself.
I am not a sys admin so I don't really know if you can do those things in a more limited role.

What passwords are you resetting?

I believe you start and restart Tomcat from the CCM.

Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
The password to reset was for Auditing and CMS.

>>I believe you start and restart Tomcat from the CCM.
- Yes, I'm just seeing all the server administration that can be done from CMC.

Thanks !
Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
terribly sorry, I forgot about this.
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