VMware vSphere implements mechanisms to ensure that only valid users can access virtual infrastructure components.Each property and method in the API has an associated privilege requirement, and only uses with corresponding privileges can access the entities. This chapter discusses approaches to securing the system and the related service interfaces. The chapter also discusses the user model, which is different in ESXi systems and vCenter Server systems.
The chapter includes the following topics:
See the vSphere Datacenter Administration Guide for a list of required privileges for common tasks and best practices for roles and permissions. See Privileges Reference for lists of privileges required to invoke operations and to read properties, and privileges defined for the administrator role.