How to add a new user to a customized vCenter Role

The privileges and Roles allow the administrator of a VMware virtual environment to configure a granular security policy defining individual user rights.

For a VMware system administrator it’s good practice to define the user access rights from the vCenter servers. There are several technologies to secure a virtual environment, this time we are going to see how to assign a customized role to an individual user.

In our previous article we talked about how to create a customized Role to which we gave only the privileges to configure the Virtual Machines.

It’s considered a best pratice not to modify the default roles because they can be useful for future reference.

In this article we’ll explan how to create a new user which we’ll assign to a customized Role named VM Configuration Manager.

Log in your vCenter Web Client and click Administration:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

We have already created the customized Role named VM Configuration Manager:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Select Users and Groups, then open the Users tab and press +:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

As you can see, a window will open allowing to define the name of new user. Name the new user (in our example we used: usertest) and set the password:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Select Global Permissions, than open the Manage tab and press +:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Select the VM Configuration Manager role from the dropdown menu and press Add:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Add usertest to the VM configuration Manager role:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Press OK to confirm:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Review the Global Permissions list, verify the presence of the new user:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

It’s also possible to verify the presence for the new user from the Roles tab:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

Log out and perform the login with usertest:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

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We took a couple of screenshots of the same pages with the Administrator and usertest accounts. As you can see from the comparative, the usertest account lacks many features available for the Administrator:

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

How to add a new user in a customized vCenter Role

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