A role is a predefined set of privileges. When you add permissions to an object, you pair a user or group with a role. vCenter Server includes several system roles, which you cannot change.

vCenter Server provides a small number of default roles. You cannot change the privileges associated with the default roles. The default roles are organized as a hierarchy; each role inherits the privileges of the previous role. For example, the Administrator role inherits the privileges of the Read Only role. Roles that you create do not inherit privileges from any of the system roles.

Administrator Role

Users assigned the Administrator role for an object are allowed to view and perform all actions on the object. This role also includes all privileges inherent in the Read Only role. If you are acting in the Administrator role on an object, you can assign privileges to individual users and groups. If you are acting in the Administrator role in vCenter Server, you can assign privileges to users and groups in the default vCenter Single Sign-On identity source. Supported identity services include Windows Active Directory and OpenLDAP 2.4.

By default, the administrator@vsphere.local user has the Administrator role on both vCenter Single Sign-On and vCenter Server after installation. That user can then associate other users with the Administrator role on vCenter Server.

No Access Role

Users assigned the No Access role for an object cannot view or change the object in any way. New users and groups are assigned this role by default. You can change the role on an object-by-object basis.

The administrator@vsphere.local user, the root user, and vpxuser are the only users not assigned the No Access role by default. Instead, they are assigned the Administrator role. You can remove the root user from any permissions or change its role to No Access as long as you first create a replacement permission at the root level with the Administrator role and associate this permission with a different user.

Read Only Role

Users assigned the Read Only role for an object are allowed to view the state of the object and details about the object. With this role, a user can view virtual machine, host, and resource pool attributes. The user cannot view the remote console for a host. All actions through the menus and toolbars are disallowed.