vmware vshpere question i want a group of users to be able to add disks to existing 2012 instances

i want a group of users to be able to add disks to existing 2012 instances i have , they are rdm shared and local , they will also need to start and stop the vms , what role is best for this , storage admin or?

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Dawid FusekVirtualization Expert, Sr B&R, Storage SpecialistCommented:

If you need users only power on/off VMs and add new disks to existing VMs you should do:
- on vSphere Client/Home/Administration/Roles Right Click on "Virtual machine user" and choose Clone, then give a new name to this role
- then edit this new role, and add "All Priviliges/Datastore/Allocate space"
- then create a users (or just do that to existing users) and add them a newly created and edited role

The problem you may eventually consider is that Allocate space role is quite advanced from perspective of vSphere VMs stability because if you got a user that allocate a thick disk with close to your datastore capacity, it mean one user may stops every VM that use this datastore, so if he/she want to do something bad or just don't know what he/she is doing at all he/she may stop whole of your environment, so even Virtual machine power user don't have this permission, but I know it's sometimes hard to manage everything myself.

best regards
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Create a new Custom Role, and then add associated a Domain Users Group, and then TEST TEST TEST it!

and select the permissions your actually require.
NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
what if the RDM disks already exist  and the user does not have to create them

what mininmum permissions would i need exactly

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Test these...

Configuration > Add Existing Disk
Configuration > Raw Disk
Configuration >  Add or Remove Device
Datastore > Browse Datastore

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