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    I am bringing a couple of new VMs online. I have a request to allow a 3rd party vendor access to these VMs. However, I do not want them to have access to all of my VMs.

    Is there a way that I can allow the 3rd party to administer the 2 VMs only?
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  • #2
    Re: Certain Users Administer Certain VMs

    Maybe.

    Can't possibly answer any more specifically than that; we don't know what VMware product you're using or any other details that might be relevant.
    Gareth Howells

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    • #3
      Re: Certain Users Administer Certain VMs

      We are using Vmware 4.0 Vsphere.

      We have users authenticated via Active Directory at this point.
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      • #4
        Re: Certain Users Administer Certain VMs

        Do you need to give them access to the vSphere configuration for the VMs, or the guest OS on the VMs?
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        • #5
          Re: Certain Users Administer Certain VMs

          They need access to both.
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          • #6
            Re: Certain Users Administer Certain VMs

            I know that using ESX3.5, we were able to specify specific users that could perform various actions.

            we wern't usoing AD authentication, but it will work with that as well.

            IIRC, we created appropriate users within the ESX console.
            There should be plenty of documentation around on how to do it.

            My post is mainly to tell you that it is possible to delegate authority over specific VMs, using ESX.

            Delegating authority within the guest os, wwll, you already know all about that
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            • #7
              Re: Certain Users Administer Certain VMs

              I got it.

              Here's what I did...

              Vsphere Client...

              Under VMs and Templates, I created a folder.

              I moved both of my VMs into that folder.

              With the folder highlighted, I went to the permissions tab and added my domain users I created for the 3rd party with Admin access to those VMs and Guest OS.

              Done!
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