ESX Agent Manager privileges control operations related to ESX Agent Manager and agent virtual machines. The ESX Agent Manager is a service that lets you install management virtual machines, which are tied to a host and not affected by VMware DRS or other services that migrate virtual machines.

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. ESX Agent Manager
Privilege Name in the vSphere Client Description Required On Privilege Name in the API

Allows deployment of an agent virtual machine on a host or cluster.

Virtual machines


Allows modifications to an agent virtual machine such as powering off or deleting the virtual machine.

Virtual machines


Allows viewing of an agent virtual machine.

Virtual machines