When you install vSphere Replication with Site Recovery Manager, the vCenter Server administrator role inherits all of the Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication privileges.

If you manually assign a Site Recovery Manager role to a user or user group, or if you assign a Site Recovery Manager role to a user or user group that is not a vCenter Server administrator, these users do not obtain vSphere Replication privileges. The Site Recovery Manager roles do not include the privileges of the vSphere Replication roles. For example, the Site Recovery Manager Recovery Administrator role includes the privilege to run recovery plans, including recovery plans that contain vSphere Replication protection groups, but it does not include the privilege to configure vSphere Replication on a virtual machine. The separation of the Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication roles allows you to distribute responsibilities between different users. For example, one user with the VRM administrator role is responsible for configuring vSphere Replication on virtual machines, and another user with the Site Recovery Manager Recovery Administrator role is responsible for running recoveries.

In some cases, a user who is not vCenter Server administrator might require the privileges to perform both Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication operations. To assign a combination of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication roles to a single user, you can add the user to two user groups.

Assign Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication Roles to a User

By creating two user groups, you can grant to a user the privileges of both a Site Recovery Manager role and a vSphere Replication role, without that user being a vCenter Server administrator.

  1. Create two user groups.

  2. Assign a Site Recovery Manager role to one user group, for example Site Recovery Manager administrator.

  3. Assign a vSphere Replication role to the other user group, for example VRM administrator.

  4. Add the user to both user groups.

The user has all the privileges of the Site Recovery Manager administrator role and of the VRM administrator role.