Global privileges control global tasks related to tasks, scripts, and extensions.

Global Privileges describes privileges required for global tasks in the vSphere Client.

Global Privileges

Privilege Name

Description

Affects

Pair with Object

Effective on Object

Act as vCenter Server

Prepare or initiate a vMotion send operation or a vMotion receive operation.

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

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

Cancel task

Cancel a running or queued task.

User interface element – Recent tasks pane context menu, Tasks & Events context menu. Can currently cancel clone and clone to template.

HC and VC

Any object

Inventory object related to the task

Capacity planning

Enable the use of capacity planning for planning consolidation of physical machines to virtual machines.

User interface element - Consolidation button in toolbar.

VC only

Root vCenter Server

Root vCenter Server

Diagnostics

Get list of diagnostic files, log header, binary files, or diagnostic bundle.

User interface element – File > Export > Export Diagnostic Data, Admin System Logs tab

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

Disable methods

Allows servers for vCenter Server extensions to disable certain operations on objects managed by vCenter Server.

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

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

Enable methods

Allows servers for vCenter Server extensions to enable certain operations on objects managed by vCenter Server.

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

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

Global tag

Add or remove global tags.

HC and VC

Any object

Root host or vCenter Server

Health

View the health of vCenter Server components.

User interface element – vCenter Service Status on the Home page.

VC only

Root vCenter Server

Root vCenter Server

Licenses

See what licenses are installed and add or remove licenses.

User interface element – Licenses tab, Configuration > Licensed Features

HC and VC

Any object

Root host or vCenter Server

Log event

Log a user-defined event against a particular managed entity.

User interface element – Should ask for a reason when shutting down or rebooting a host.

HC and VC

Any object

Any object

Manage custom attributes

Add, remove, or rename custom field definitions.

User interface element – Administration > Custom Attributes

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

Proxy

Allows access to an internal interface for adding or removing endpoints to or from the proxy.

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

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

Script action

Schedule a scripted action in conjunction with an alarm.

User interface element – Alarm Settings dialog box

VC only

Any object

Any object

Service managers

Allows use of the resxtop command in the vSphere CLI.

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

HC and VC

Root host or vCenter Server

Root host or vCenter Server

Set custom attributes

View, create, or remove custom attributes for a managed object.

User interface element – Any list view shows the fields defined and allows setting them

VC only

Any object

Any object

Settings

Read and modifie runtime VC configuration settings.

User interface element – Administration > vCenter Server Management Server Configuration

VC only

Any object

Root vCenter Server

System tag

Add or remove system tag.

VC only

Root vCenter Server

Root vCenter Server