Virtual Machine Configuration privileges control the ability to configure virtual machine options and devices.

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. Virtual Machine Configuration Privileges

Privilege Name

Description

Required On

Virtual machine > Configuration > Add existing disk

Allows adding an existing virtual disk to a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Add new disk

Allows creation of a new virtual disk to add to a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Add or remove device

Allows addition or removal of any non-disk device.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Advanced

Allows addition or modification of advanced parameters in the virtual machine's configuration file.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Change CPU count

Allows changing the number of virtual CPUs.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Change resource

Allows changing the resource configuration of a set of virtual machine nodes in a given resource pool.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Configure managedBy

Allows an extension or solution to mark a virtual machine as being managed by that extension or solution.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Disk change tracking

Allows enabling or disabling of change tracking for the virtual machine's disks.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Disk lease

Allows disk lease operations for a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Display connection settings

Allows configuration of virtual machine remote console options.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Extend virtual disk

Allows expansion of the size of a virtual disk.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Host USB device

Allows attaching a host-based USB device to a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Memory

Allows changing the amount of memory allocated to the virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Modify device settings

Allows changing the properties of an existing device.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Query Fault Tolerance compatibility

Allows checking if a virtual machine is compatible for Fault Tolerance.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Query unowned files

Allows querying of unowned files.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Raw device

Allows adding or removing a raw disk mapping or SCSI pass through device.

Setting this parameter overrides any other privilege for modifying raw devices, including connection states.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Reload from path

Allows changing a virtual machine configuration path while preserving the identity of the virtual machine. Solutions such as VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager use this operation to maintain virtual machine identity during failover and failback.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Remove disk

Allows removal of a virtual disk device.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Rename

Allows renaming a virtual machine or modifying the associated notes of a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Reset guest information

Allows editing the guest operating system information for a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Set annotation

Allows adding or editing a virtual machine annotation.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Settings

Allows changing general virtual machine settings.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Swapfile placement

Allows changing the swapfile placement policy for a virtual machine.

Virtual machines

Virtual machine > Configuration > Toggle fork parent

Virtual machine > Configuration > Upgrade virtual machine compatibility

Allows upgrade of the virtual machine’s virtual machine compatibility version.

Virtual machines