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vSphere Client custom view

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Hi All,

Does anyone know if it's possible to create a view in vSphere that restricts access to certain VM's?

I want to give a group of staff access to only specific virtual machines.

Any thoughts?
Thanks
Glen
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Yes, you can create Views, and Assign Roles and Permissions to a View.

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That's great.

How :)
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Developers View
Is this what you are trying to achieve?
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This is our Develeopers View of the Farm, we do not want Developers having access to the rest of our Production Servers, so this is their View, they can Manage their own VMs, within reason.
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Are you using vCenter 4.x or 5.0?
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I think that's what I am after :)

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I think I may have just worked it out :)
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1. Select Inventory, VMs and Templates.
2. Create your Folders (views),
3. Move machines into folders, this does nothing to the VM, it's just cosmetic.  
4. Add Permission to the folder you've created.

you just log into the host directly to create a user on the host/users tab. Right-click in the 'white space' and select Add User (or Create User). As mentioned above already, if you're using vCenter, you can add your AD users as well. See pg. 89 of the Guide for how to do so.

In the old documents for 4.x

It starts on Pg. 88 of Datacenter Guide discusses of user roles/permissions;

pg. 92 on how to create and the defaults in ESX/ESXi; pg. 99 on permissions:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_dc_admin_guide.pdf

Just trying to find where they've moved this in the new docs.
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Okay, they've moved it into a new document called Secuirity

Chapter 4 Page 43
Authentication and User Management
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Well, restriction doesn't have to be on a Folder in VMs & Templates; it can be on any object, beit in Hosts & Clusters view or VMs & Templates. You can click on the VM on the left in Hosts & Clusters, then assign permission on the Permissions tab on the right to the user, or group you want to have access to solely that VM. But, since you want a few VMs to be accessed, it is best to place them in a folder in VMs & Templates view and assign permissions in the Permissions tab there.

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And, if you didn't want to install vSphere Client for those that need access to this group of VMs, you could just use Web Access...
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-host-management-guide.pdf, pg. 20-21

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