Types of Users - Teradata Database

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The following list identifies five typical user types and job functions.


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General users

Database end-users who only need to read the data or to run pre-existing queries or macros to generate reports.

Update users

Privileged users who perform some general user functions and who also may need to insert, update or delete data, and create new database objects.

Batch users

High-level users who typically perform batch-level functions, for example:

  • Load, update, and export operations, including creation and deletion of staging tables.
  • Data backup, archive, and restore operations.
  • Database programmers

    Users who design and create queries, macros, and stored procedures, as well as database objects, for use by the user community. Programmers may require administrator privileges within a development database, while needing only limited privileges in the main production database.

    Assistant administrators

    Administrative users that assist the principal administrator, user DBADMIN, created in “Setting Up Teradata Administrator” on page 29. Assistant administrative users may have most or all of the same privileges granted to user DBADMIN, but have a much smaller permanent space allocation because they have a limited ownership of objects

    Note: You can create additional user types where necessary to identify functional differences, however, the examples provided in this book are based on these user types.