Virtual Machine Configuration privileges control the ability to configure virtual machine options and devices.

Virtual Machine Configuration Privileges describes privileges required for configuring virtual machine options and devices.

Virtual Machine Configuration Privileges

Privilege Name

Description

Affects

Pair with Object

Effective on Object

Add existing disk

Add an existing virtual disk to a virtual machine.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Add new disk

Create a new virtual disk to add to a virtual machine.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Add or remove device

Add or removes any non-disk device.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Advanced

Add or modify advanced parameters in the virtual machine's configuration file.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box > Options tab > Advanced - General option > Configuration Parameters button

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Change CPU count

Change the number of virtual CPUs.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Change resource

Change resource configuration of a set of VM nodes in a given resource pool.

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Disk change tracking

Enable or disable change tracking for the virtual machine's disks.

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Disk lease

Leases disks for VMware Consolidated Backup.

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

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Extend virtual disk

Expand the size of a virtual disk.

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Host USB device

Attach a host-based USB device to a virtual machine.

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Memory

Change the amount of memory allocated to the virtual machine.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box > Memory

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Modify device settings

Change the properties of an existing device.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box > SCSI/IDE node selection

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Query Fault Tolerance compatibility

Check if a virtual machine is compatible for Fault Tolerance.

VC

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

Virtual machines

Query unowned files

Query unowned files.

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Raw device

Add or removes a raw disk mapping or SCSI pass through device.

Setting this parameter overrides any other privilege for modifying raw devices, including connection states.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties > Add/Remove raw disk mapping

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Reload from path

Change a virtual machine configuration path while preserving the identity of the virtual machine. Solutions such as VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager use this operation to maintain virtual machine identity during failover and failback.

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

VC

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

Virtual machines

Remove disk

Remove a virtual disk device.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box > Hard Disk (but not a raw disk mapping)

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Rename

Rename a virtual machine or modifies the associated notes of a virtual machine.

User interface element– Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, inventory, inventory context menu, File menu, Inventory menu

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Reset guest information

Edit the guest operating system information for a virtual machine

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box Options tab,

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Settings

Change general VM settings.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box Options tab, General Options option

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Swapfile placement

Change the swapfile placement policy for a virtual machine.

User interface element – Virtual Machine Properties dialog box Options tab, Swapfile Location option

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Unlock

Allow decrypting a virtual machine.

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines

Upgrade virtual hardware

Upgrade the virtual machine’s virtual hardware version from a previous version of VMware.

User interface element – context menu, File menu (appears only if vmx file shows a lower configuration number)

HC and VC

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

Virtual machines