Follow best practices for roles and permissions to maximize the security and manageability of your vCenter Server environment.

VMware recommends the following best practices when configuring roles and permissions in your vCenter Server environment:

  • Where possible, assign a role to a group rather than individual users.

  • Grant permissions only on the objects where they are needed, and assign privileges only to users or groups that must have them. Use the minimum number of permissions to make it easier to understand and manage your permissions structure.

  • If you assign a restrictive role to a group, check that the group does not contain the Administrator user or other users with administrative privileges. Otherwise, you might unintentionally restrict administrators' privileges in the parts of the inventory hierarchy where you have assigned that group the restrictive role.

  • Use folders to group objects. For example, to grant modify permission on one set of hosts and view permission on another set of hosts, place each set of hosts in a folder.

  • Consider enabling propagation when you assign permissions to an object. Propagation ensures that new objects in the object hierarchy inherit permissions. For example, you can assign a permission to a virtual machine folder and enable propagation to ensure the permission applies to all VMs in the folder.

  • Use the No Access role to mask specific areas of the hierarchy. The No Access role restricts access for the users or groups with that role.