You can make a copy of an existing role, rename it, and edit it. When you make a copy, the new role is not applied to any users or groups and objects. You must assign the role to users or groups and objects.

If you create or edit a role on a vCenter Server system that is part of a connected group in Linked Mode, the changes you make are propagated to all other vCenter Server systems in the group. Assignments of roles to specific users and objects are not shared across linked vCenter Server systems.

Verify that you are logged in as a user with Administrator privileges.


Browse to Administration > Role Manager in the vSphere Web Client.


Select a vCenter Server system from the drop-down menu.


Click Clone role action.


Type a name for the cloned role.


Select privileges for the role and click OK.