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What Do XNAT Admins Need to Know?

In each successive release we have worked to add functionality to XNAT, inadvertently making the job of XNAT Administration more complex. In XNAT 1.7, we are hoping to combat that complexity by making XNAT easier to set up, and by bringing more control into the Admin UI. 

With that said, however, there are some tasks related to administering your XNAT that still require access to the file system (such as adding pipelines and plugins), and still some reporting (such as complex data freezes) that can only be done with access to the PostgreSQL database. 

With that in mind, there are multiple ways you can set up Admin Access in XNAT. You can create a user that has full access to your XNAT and all its data, or you can limit the powers of certain admin users by not granting project data access. Learn more about Types of Admin User Roles. 

When your task necessitates working with the back end, it is helpful to know how XNAT and its components are organized. Learn more about the XNAT backend

For all other XNAT Admin tasks, please see below. 

XNAT First-time Setup


XNAT Security Settings



Managing Users and Roles

Create from template


Managing Sites and Studies

Each of these pages needs a label "admin-sites"

Create: Project Intake and Definition Process

Create: Supporting Project Protocols (with the Visits and Protocols plugin)

Create: Supporting Longitudinal Studies (with the Visits and Protocols plugin)

Create: Creating Custom Reports for Studies

Create: Managing Data Freezes

Customizing XNAT

Each of these pages needs a label "admin-customization"

Create: UI Modifications and Customizations via the Admin UI

Create: Adding a Custom UI Theme

Create: Customizing Report Pages

Create: Customizing a Data Table (Listing)

Create: Adding Custom Site-wide User Roles

Adding On To XNAT

Each of these pages needs a label "admin-adding-on"

Create: Adding Data Types

Deploying Plugins in XNAT 1.7

Create: Adding Pipelines

Create: Adding DSL Scripting Support

Connecting XNAT to Other Systems

Each of these pages needs a label "admin-connections"

Create: Connecting XNAT to DICOM Scanners (C-Store Receiver Setup)

Create: Connecting XNAT to PACS

Create: Connecting XNAT to other XNATs (via JAAT or the Project Sync Plugin)

Create: Connecting XNAT to LDAP Authentication

Computing in XNAT

Each of these pages needs a label "admin-computing"

Configuring the Pipeline Engine (XNAT back-end)

Create: How To Install Pipelines (XNAT back-end)

Create: How To Configure Pipeline Default Parameters (XNAT Admin UI)

XNAT Automation

Each of these pages needs a label "admin-automation"

Create: Setting up Containers and Images

Create: Running Actions in XNAT

Create: Running Scripts in XNAT

Create: Event-based Automation in XNAT

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