To ensure security of the objects in your vRealize Operations Manager instance, as a system administrator you can manage all aspects of user access control. You create user accounts, assign each user to be a member of one or more user groups, and assign roles to each user or user group to set their privileges.

Users must have privileges to access specific features in the vRealize Operations Manager user interface. Access control is defined by assigning privileges to both users and objects. You can assign one or more roles to users, and enable them to perform a range of different actions on the same types of objects. For example, you can assign a user with the privileges to delete a virtual machine, and assign the same user with read-only privileges for another virtual machine.

User Access Control

You can authenticate users in vRealize Operations Manager in several ways.

  • Create local user accounts in vRealize Operations Manager.

  • Use VMware vCenter Server users. After the vCenter Server is registered with vRealize Operations Manager, configure the vCenter Server user options in the vRealize Operations Manager global settings to enable a vCenter Server user to log in to vRealize Operations Manager. When logged into vRealize Operations Manager, vCenter Server users access objects according to their vCenter Server-assigned permissions.

  • Add an authentication source to authenticate imported users and user group information that resides on another machine.

    • Use LDAP to import users or user groups from an LDAP server. LDAP users can use their LDAP credentials to log in to vRealize Operations Manager.

    • Create a single sign-on source and import users and user groups from a single sign-on server. Single sign-on users can use their single sign-on credentials to log in to vRealize Operations Manager and vCenter Server. You can also use Active Directory through single sign-on by configuring the Active Directory through single sign-on and adding the single sign-on source to vRealize Operations Manager.

User Preferences

To determine the display options for vRealize Operations Manager, such as colors for the display and health chart, the number of metrics and groups to display, and whether to synchronize system time with the host machine, you configure the user preferences on the top toolbar.