If the default system roles do not meet your needs, you can combine selected privileges to create your own roles.

Before you begin

If you are creating a role on a remote host, connect to the remote server. See Connect to a Remote Server.

About this task

Privileges define individual rights that a user requires to perform actions and read properties. The privileges that you can select when you create a role depend on whether the server is running Workstation Pro, ESX, ESXi, or vCenter Server.

See Defined Privileges in the Workstation Pro documentation center for descriptions of the available privileges. The Workstation Pro documentation center is available on the VMware Web site at https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/ws_pubs.html.

Procedure

  1. Open the Edit Roles dialog box.

    Option

    Description

    Create a role on the local host

    • (Windows host) Right-click Shared VMs and select Roles.

    • (Linux host) Right-click Shared VMs and select Edit Roles.

    Create a role on a remote host

    • (Windows host) Right-click the remote host and select Roles.

    • (Linux host) Right-click the remote host and select Edit Roles.

  2. Click Add.
  3. Type a name for the new role.

    Option

    Description

    Windows host

    Replace the name of the role in the Roles list.

    Linux host

    Type a new name in the Name text box.

  4. From the privileges tree, select the privileges to include in the new role.

    You can expand the tree to view the privileges in each category.

  5. Click OK (Windows host) or Save (Linux host) to create the new role.