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vCenter - Show who turned on/off a VM under the "Initiated by" column

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Hi there,

We currently have a VMware cluster environment managed by vCenter 5.1.  Every time someone starts up a VM and then we check the Tasks & Events tab, we see that the VM has started but under the "Initiated by" column we only see "System".  We'd like this column to actually show the user that started/shut down a VM.

Is this possible?

Thanks,
- Christian
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by:bluedan
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You can set up different user accounts and assign roles in Permission tab in vCenter.  After that, ask the user to log on vCenter using their assigned account then the "Initiated by" will reflect their username which they used to log on.

If you use Active Directory, you can also use the AD Authentication. User can log on using their windows account.

Joining vSphere Hosts to Active Directory
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/09/joining-vsphere-hosts-to-active-directory.html

Hope this help.
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by:Christian Palacios
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Hi Bluedan,

Thanks.  Unfortunately that is what we are already doing.  I'm an administrator of it and we're already doing that.  No matter what user starts a VM, it always shows "System".  I have attached a picture of it so you can see what just happened when I turned a VM on.

Thanks,
- Christian
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If the DRS is used in the cluster, unfortunately, the initiated by will show  as "System".

One way to find out who did it, but it will take a bit of guess work, is to look at the Task & Events at the Datacenter level

Find the "Initialize powering on" (the target will only show the Datacenter), the initiated by should show the user.  The next entry should show the Power on virtual machine name initiated by System.

Hope this help
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by:Christian Palacios
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Thank you, this works for us!
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