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# 80779 4-Apr-2011 16:26
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I'm looking for a sort-of beginners guide to administering Vsphere / ESXi - perhaps something like VMware for not-so-Dummies... Laughing

 I have used the previous VMWare Server / Workstation products, got to know them reasonably well, but making the jump to ESXi has left a few holes in my knowledge. 

Have migrated all our test enviroments to ESXi, that was easy.

At the moment, have the generic root account, but anyone that logs onto that root account can see and mess around with all the inventoried devices. So I have setup a user account. Damned if I can now log into that account.
Also, would like to know how to lock down template machines so they can't be erased, or even how to create template machines - all I have setup is a seperate datastore with which I call template VM's - they may not be true templates in the VMWare sense.

Nothing too complex - these VM's are not mission critical - mainly used for training and testing.




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  # 457268 10-Apr-2011 18:08
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You'd need VMware vcentre server to manage the hosts, then you can create user roles and lock them down to only be able to do certain tasks, or to not be able to do certain tasks, its very granular. It also integrates with AD so no need for more user names etc.



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  # 458144 13-Apr-2011 09:54
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So I can't use the vSphere Client to manage users and VM's ?




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  # 458156 13-Apr-2011 10:49
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Yes you can, vCenter is for managing multiple hosts (ESXi servers) and their clients. If you only have the one host then you're fine just using vSphere.



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Thanks guys - I have only the one ESXi server - well two actually, but independent ...

So I create a user on vCenter, eg "test", so what group do I assign ? I have assigned both users and vimuser groups to this login, but when I use the vSphere Client to login using this test user account, it says I don't have permission to login to the ESXi server.

I think I am looking at this around the wrong way - too used to the Windows-based VMWare products :-(

Time to RTFM - I scored a couple of ESXi 3.x student trainiung manuals - time to delve in ...




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  # 458987 14-Apr-2011 23:27
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Huh so I was wrong, you can apparently create users and give them permissions on an individual host. Always ever done it via vcentre.

Vmware vsphere Permissions 



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Aha !!! That got it :-) Thanks

Here I was just thinking you could assign existing rights to a new user without having to delve into the permissions settings. But now I'm on the right track ... cheers for the assist




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