Short-term analysis needs are always changing, occasionally creating situations where one user may temporarily need exclusive access to a port. Rather than create new roles and associations in situations like this, a user can lock a port to which they have Level 2+ access, preventing other users from changing settings. Locks can also be shared with other users, allowing users to collaborate. Sharing a locked port provides the account with whom the port is shared the same port permissions as the account sharing the port. For example, if User X has Level 2 permissions on port 12/5/x3, User X can share a lock on 12/5/x3 with any other user account, providing them with Level 2 permissions regardless of their normal privileges on the port, if any.
For information about permission levels and how to set locks and lock-sharing, refer to Set Locks and Lock-Shares.