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Can I use Resource Pools for "delegation only" in ESXi 4.1?

gateguard asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
On a particular ESXi 4.1 server, I have 9 vm's.  I want to set up 3 resource pools and assign permissions to those pools so that a given user can only see the vm's in his resource pool.

But I DO NOT want the resource pool to make any kind of changes or restrictions to the actual resources (CPU, RAM, etc) that a vm can use.

I want to use the resource pools for the purpose of management delegation only and I want the 9 vm's to continue to run as if there were no resource pools at all.

If I use the default settings when I create a resource pool (and assign permissions to that pool), is that the result I will get?

The reason I ask is that when I move a vm into a resource pool I sometimes get this pop-up:

The CPU resource shares for VMxxx are much lower than the virtual machine's in the resource pool. With its current share setting, the virtual machine will be entitled to 0% of the CPU resources in the pool. Are you sure you want to do this?

According to this:


I don't have to worry about this message.

But my question is basically this: once I create resource pools do I have to actually manage the resources or do the default settings allow the underlying resources to be allocated just as if there were no resource pools.

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