Virtual Machine Provisioning privileges control activities related to deploying and customizing virtual machines.

Virtual Machine Provisioning Privileges

Privilege Name

Description

Affects

Pair with Object

Effective on Object

Allow disk access

Open a disk on a virtual machine for random read and write access. Used mostly for remote disk mounting.

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

n/a

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

Virtual machines

Allow read-only disk access

Open a disk on a virtual machine for random read access. Used mostly for remote disk mounting.

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

n/a

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

Virtual machines

Allow virtual machine download

Read files associated with a virtual machine, including vmx, disks, logs, and nvram.

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

HC and VC

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

Root folders

Allow virtual machine files upload

Write files associated with a virtual machine, including vmx, disks, logs, and nvram.

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

HC and VC

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

Root folders

Clone template

Clone a template.

User interface element– Inventory > Virtual Machine > Template > Clone, context menu, Virtual Machines tab

VC only

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

Templates

Clone virtual machine

Clone an existing virtual machine and allocates resources.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Clone, context menu, Summary tab

VC only

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

Virtual machines

Create template from virtual machine

Create a new template from a virtual machine.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Template > Clone to Template, context menu, Summary tab items

VC only

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

Virtual machines

Customize

Customize a virtual machine’s guest operating system without moving the virtual machine.

User interface element– Clone Virtual Machine wizard: Guest Customization

VC only

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

Virtual machines

Deploy template

Deploy a virtual machine from a template.

User interface element – “Deploy to template” File menu, context menu items, Virtual Machines tab

VC only

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

Templates

Mark as template

Mark an existing, powered off virtual machine as a template.

User interface element – Inventory > Virtual Machine > Template > Convert to Template, context menu items, Virtual Machines tab, Summary tab

VC only

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

Virtual machines

Mark as virtual machine

Mark an existing template as a VM.

User interface element – “Convert to Virtual Machine...” context menu items, Virtual Machines tab

VC only

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

Templates

Modify customization specification

Create, modify, or delete customization specifications.

User interface element – Customization Specifications Manager

VC only

Root vCenter Server

Root vCenter Server

Promote disks

Promote a virtual machine's disks.

VC only

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

Virtual machines

Read customization specification

View the customization specifications defined on the system.

User interface element – Edit > Customization Specifications

VC only

Root vCenter Server

Root vCenter Server