The latest releases of Pepper Roles, my permissions management plugin for Spiceworks, are now available for download. The major goal for these versions was to update the code to make it fully compatible with Spiceworks 7.5, while still retaining backwards-compatibility with 7.4. As well, I’ve added a handy new feature to help get you out of a bind in case something goes wrong and you actually manage to lock yourself out of certain modules in Spiceworks – the “Admin Override” passcode! Now you can set a global passcode that lets you bypass any Pepper Roles access denied prompt. The default passcode is “override” (creative, I know). Make sure you change it after updating the plugin, otherwise your IT staff may find their way into the Area 51 zones of Spiceworks that you don’t want them in by using the default passcode.
For those of you who haven’t already upgraded Spiceworks to 7.5, I strongly encourage you to update Pepper Roles to version 1.5 before upgrading Spiceworks to 7.5. Some users had a few issues since Pepper Roles 1.0 – 1.2 doesn’t recognize certain new URL’s in SW 7.5, and therefore you get blocked. If you update Pepper Roles beforehand though, you should be in good shape.
As always, it’s a good idea to go to Settings > Manage Apps after installing this release and double-check that you have appropriate permissions assigned to each group (especially since there are quite a few new permission options added in these releases).
- Spiceworks Version 7.4.00070 or higher
Version 1.5 (Dec 2, 2015)
- Added: The default Admin Override Passcode is set to “override” – you can use this to bypass any page blocks. Be sure to set a new passcode once you get into the plugin settings, otherwise your users can use this default passcode to override your permissions.
Version 1.4 (Nov 24, 2015)
- Fixed: Groups/Users dropdown fields on Settings form shows blank options if using IE11
- Fixed: Clicking a checkbox option under the Permissions section actually unchecks the “Enabled” checkbox for the plugin – disabling it
- Fixed: “Remove” button under Groups on the Settings form is not positioned correctly
- Fixed: Permissions do not work as expected if a user upgrades from a previous plugin version and then makes additional changes
Version 1.3 (Nov 23, 2015)
- Added: Compatibility with Spiceworks 7.5 (plus backwards compatibility with 7.4)
- Added: New permission options to cover all modules in Spiceworks 7.5
- Added: “Admin Override Passcode” – enter an admin password to bypass access denied messages