Virtual Machine Interaction privileges control the ability to interact with a virtual machine console, configure media, perform power operations, and install VMware Tools.

Virtual Machine Interaction

Privilege Name

Description

Affects

Pair with Object

Effective on Object

Answer question

Resolve issues with VM state transitions or runtime errors.

User interface element – Summary tab, Inventory menu, context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Backup operation on virtual machine

Perform backup operations on virtual machines.

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Configure CD media

Configure a virtual DVD or CD-ROM device.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box > DVD/CD-ROM

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Configure floppy media

Configure a virtual floppy device.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, Summary tab Edit Settings

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Console interaction

Interact with the virtual machine’s virtual mouse, keyboard, and screen.

User interface element– Console tab, toolbar button, Inventory > Virtual Machine > Open Console, inventory context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Create screenshot

Create a virtual machinescreen shot.

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Defragment all disks

Defragment all disks on the virtual machine.

HC and VC.

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Device connection

Change the connected state of a virtual machine’s disconnectable virtual devices.

User interface element– Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, Summary tab Edit Settings

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Disable Fault Tolerance

Disable the Secondary virtual machine for a virtual machine using Fault Tolerance.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Fault Tolerance > Disable Fault Tolerance

VC only

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Enable Fault Tolerance

Enable the Seocondary virtual machine for a virtual machine using Fault Tolerance.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Fault Tolerance > Enable Fault Tolerance

VC only

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Power Off

Power off a powered-on virtual machine, shuts down guest.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Power > Power Off, Summary tab, toolbar button, virtual machine context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Power On

Power on a powered-off virtual machine, resumes a suspended virtual machine.

User interface element– Inventory > Virtual Machine > Power > Power On, Summary tab, toolbar button, virtual machine context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Record session on Virtual Machine

Record a session on a virtual machine.

No vSphere Client user interface elements are associated with this privilege.

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Replay session on Virtual Machine

Replay a recorded session on a virtual machine.

No vSphere Client user interface elements are associated with this privilege.

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Reset

Resets virtual machine and reboots the guest operating system.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Power > Reset, Summary tab, toolbar button, virtual machine context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Suspend

Suspends a powered-on virtual machine, puts guest in standby mode.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Power > Suspend, Summary tab, toolbar button, virtual machine context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Test failover

Test Fault Tolerance failover by making the Secondary virtual machine the Primary virtual machine.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Fault Tolerance > Test Failover

VC only

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Test restart Secondary VM

Terminate a Secondary virtual machine for a virtual machine using Fault Tolerance.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Fault Tolerance > Test Restart Secondary

VC only

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Turn Off Fault Tolerance

Turn off Fault Tolerance for a virtual machine.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Fault Tolerance > Turn Off Fault Tolerance

VC only

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

Turn On Fault Tolerance

Turn on Fault Tolerance for a virtual machine.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Fault Tolerance > Turn On Fault Tolerance

VC only

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines

VMware Tools install

Mounts and unmounts the VMware Tools CD installer as a CD-ROM for the guest operating system.

User interface element– Inventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools, virtual machine context menu

HC and VC

Datacenters, Hosts, Clusters, Virtual machine folders, Resource pools, Virtual machines

Virtual machines