Datastore privileges control the ability to browse, manage, and allocate space on datastores.

You can set this privilege at different levels in the hierarchy. For example, if you set a privilege at the folder level, you can propagate the privilege to one or more objects within the folder. The object listed in the Required On column must have the privilege set, either directly or inherited.

Table 1. Datastore Privileges

Privilege Name


Required On

Datastore > Allocate space

Allows allocating space on a datastore for a virtual machine, snapshot, clone, or virtual disk.

Data stores

Datastore > Browse datastore

Allows browsing files on a datastore.

Data stores

Datastore > Configure datastore

Allows configuration of a datastore.

Data stores

Datastore > Low level file operations

Allows performing read, write, delete, and rename operations in the datastore browser.

Data stores

Datastore > Move datastore

Allows moving a datastore between folders.

Privileges must be present at both the source and destination.

Datastore, source and destination

Datastore > Remove datastore

Allows removal of a datastore.

This privilege is deprecated.

To have permission to perform this operation, a user or group must have this privilege assigned in both the object and its parent object.

Data stores

Datastore > Remove file

Allows deletion of files in the datastore.

This privilege is deprecated. Assign the Low level file operations privilege.

Data stores

Datastore > Rename datastore

Allows renaming a datastore.

Data stores

Datastore > Update virtual machine files

Allows updating file paths to virtual machine files on a datastore after the datastore has been resignatured.

Data stores

Datastore > Update virtual machine metadata

Allows updating virtual machine metadata associated with a datastore.

Data stores