Many tasks require permissions on more than one object in the inventory. You can review the privileges required to perform the tasks and, where applicable, the appropriate sample roles.

The following table lists common tasks that require more than one privilege. You can use the Applicable Roles on the inventory objects to grant permission to perform these tasks, or you can create your own roles with the equivalent required privileges.

Table 1. Required Privileges for Common Tasks

Task

Required Privileges

Applicable Role

Create a virtual machine

On the destination folder or datacenter:

  • Virtual machine > Inventory > Create new

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Add new disk (if creating a new virtual disk)

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Add existing disk (if using an existing virtual disk)

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Raw device (if using an RDM or SCSI pass-through device)

Administrator

On the destination host, cluster, or resource pool:

Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool

Resource pool administrator or Administrator

On the destination datastore or folder containing a datastore:

Datastore > Allocate space

Datastore Consumer or Administrator

On the network that the virtual machine will be assigned to:

Network > Assign network

Network Consumer or Administrator

Deploy a virtual machine from a template

On the destination folder or datacenter:

  • Virtual machine > Inventory > Create from existing

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Add new disk

Administrator

On a template or folder of templates:

Virtual machine > Provisioning > Deploy template

Administrator

On the destination host, cluster or resource pool:

Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool

Administrator

On the destination datastore or folder of datastores:

Datastore > Allocate space

Datastore Consumer or Administrator

On the network that the virtual machine will be assigned to:

Network > Assign network

Network Consumer or Administrator

Take a virtual machine snapshot

On the virtual machine or a folder of virtual machines:

Virtual machine > Snapshot management > Create snapshot

Virtual Machine Power User or Administrator

Move a virtual machine into a resource pool

On the virtual machine or folder of virtual machines:

  • Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool

  • Virtual machine > Inventory > Move

Administrator

On the destination resource pool:

Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool

Administrator

Install a guest operating system on a virtual machine

On the virtual machine or folder of virtual machines:

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Answer question

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Console interaction

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Device connection

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Power Off

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Power On

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Reset

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Configure CD media (if installing from a CD)

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > Configure floppy media (if installing from a floppy disk)

  • Virtual machine > Interaction > VMware Tools install

Virtual Machine Power User or Administrator

On a datastore containing the installation media ISO image:

Datastore > Browse datastore (if installing from an ISO image on a datastore)

On the datastore to which you upload the installation media ISO image:

  • Datastore > Browse datastore

  • Datastore > Low level file operations

Virtual Machine Power User or Administrator

Migrate a virtual machine with vMotion

On the virtual machine or folder of virtual machines:

  • Resource > Migrate powered on virtual machine

  • Resource > Assign Virtual Machine to Resource Pool (if destination is a different resource pool from the source)

Resource Pool Administrator or Administrator

On the destination host, cluster, or resource pool (if different from the source):

Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool

Resource Pool Administrator or Administrator

Cold migrate (relocate) a virtual machine

On the virtual machine or folder of virtual machines:

  • Resource > Migrate powered off virtual machine

  • Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool (if destination is a different resource pool from the source)

Resource Pool Administrator or Administrator

On the destination host, cluster, or resource pool (if different from the source):

Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool

Resource Pool Administrator or Administrator

On the destination datastore (if different from the source):

Datastore > Allocate space

Datastore Consumer or Administrator

Migrate a virtual machine with Storage vMotion

On the virtual machine or folder of virtual machines:

Resource > Migrate powered on virtual machine

Resource Pool Administrator or Administrator

On the destination datastore:

Datastore > Allocate space

Datastore Consumer or Administrator

Move a host into a cluster

On the host:

Host > Inventory > Add host to cluster

Administrator

On the destination cluster:

Host > Inventory > Add host to cluster

Administrator