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How to Create a Self-Service User Role in VMM

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

You can use this procedure to create a Self-Service User role in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Account requirements Administrators and delegated administrators can create Self-Service User roles. Delegated administrators can create Self-Service User roles for private clouds that are in the scope of their user role.

To create a Self-Service User role

  1. In the Settings workspace, on the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create User Role.

  2. In the Create User Role Wizard on the Name and description page, enter a name and optional description of the Self-Service User role, and then click Next.

  3. On the Profile page, click Self-Service User, and then click Next.

  4. On the Members page, add user accounts and Active Directory groups to the role, and then click Next.

    noteNote
    If you want all role members to share ownership of all virtual machines that any member creates, create a security group in Active Directory and assign that group to the user role. An alternate method for sharing resources among Self-Service User role members is to use the Share and Receive actions, discussed later, which enable resource owners who are self-service users to share individual resources with one or all members of a Self-Service User role.

    If you plan to use this user role to test deploying virtual machines and services to a private cloud, be sure to add yourself as a member.

  5. On the Scope page, select at least one private cloud for the Self-Service User role, and then click Next.

  6. On the Quotas page, set quotas for each private cloud that is in the scope of the user role, and then click Next. If multiple private clouds are assigned to a Self-Service User role, you will see a Quotas page for each private cloud.

    noteNote
    Each quota sets an individual limit for each member of the user role. If you want all role members to share overall quotas, create a security group in Active Directory and assign that group to the user role.

    Quota Types Supported for Self-Service in VMM

    Quota Type Description

    Virtual CPUs

    Limits the total number of virtual machine CPUs that can be consumed from the private cloud.

    Memory (MB)

    Limits the amount of virtual machine memory (in megabytes) that can be consumed from the private cloud.

    Storage (GB)

    Limits the amount of virtual machine storage (in Gigabytes) that can be consumed from the private cloud.

    Custom quota (points)

    Sets a quota on virtual machines deployed on the private cloud based on total quota points assigned to the virtual machines via their virtual machine templates.

    Quota points are an arbitrary value that can be assigned to a virtual machine template based on the anticipated "size" of the virtual machines. Custom quotas are provided for backward compatibility with self-service user roles created in VMM 2008 R2.

    Virtual machines

    Limits the total number of virtual machines that can be deployed on a private cloud.

    Quotas only apply to deployed virtual machines. If a Self-Service User role has permission to store virtual machines, the quota does not apply to virtual machines that are stored in the library.

  7. On the Resources page, click Add to open the Add Resources dialog box. Assign hardware profiles, operating system profiles, virtual machine templates, application profiles, SQL server profiles, and service templates for the self-service users to use during virtual machine creation.

  8. Under Specify user role data path, use the Browse button to select a path on a library share where user role members can upload and share their own resources. The user data path also is a good place to store prepared resources that should be shared only with members of this Self-Service User role.

    Click Next to continue.

  9. On the Actions page, select the actions that the self-service users need to perform on their own virtual machines and services, and then click Next. To select all actions, click Select all.

    Actions Available to Self-Service User Roles in VMM

    Action Description

    Author

    Grants members permission to author templates and profiles. Users with authoring rights can create hardware profiles, operating system profiles, application profiles, SQL Server profiles, virtual machine templates and service templates.

    Checkpoint

    Grants members permission to create, edit, and delete checkpoints for their own virtual machines and to restore their virtual machine to a previous checkpoint.

    noteNote
    VMM does not support checkpoint actions on services.

    Checkpoint (Restore only)

    Grants members permission to restore their own virtual machines to a checkpoint but not to create, edit, and delete checkpoints.

    Deploy

    Grants members permission to deploy virtual machines and services from templates and virtual hard disks that are assigned to their user role. However, they do not have the right to author templates and profiles. (Expanded in VMM to include creation of services)

    Deploy (From template only)

    Grants members permission to deploy virtual machines and services from templates that are assigned to their user role. However, they do not have any authoring rights. (Expanded in VMM to include creation of services)

    Local Administrator

    Grants members permission to serve as a local Administrator on their own virtual machines.

    ImportantImportant
    Be sure to select the Local Administrator action on any Self-Service User role that has the Deploy (From Template) action selected. This action enables those users to set the local Administrator password during virtual machine and service deployment. Self-service users who are granted the Deploy action do not need this action to be able to set local Administrator credentials.

    Pause and resume

    Grants members permission to pause and resume their own virtual machines and services.

    Receive

    Allows members to receive resources that are shared by members of other Self-Service User roles.

    Remote connection

    Grants members permission to connect to their virtual machines from the VMM console, the VMM Self-Service Portal, or App Controller.

    noteNote
    As of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the VMM Self-Service Portal has been removed. If you need a self-service portal solution, we recommend that you use App Controller. For more information, see App Controller.

    Remove

    Grants members permission to remove their own virtual machines and services.

    Save

    Grants members permission to save their own virtual machines and services.

    Share

    Allows members to grant resources that they own to other Self-Service User roles. Sharable resources include hardware profiles, operating system profiles, application profiles, SQL Server profiles, virtual machine templates, virtual machines, service templates, and services. A self-service user must be the owner of a resource to share it. The Self-Service User role that receives the shared resource must be assigned the Receive action.

    Shut down

    Grants members permission to perform an orderly shutdown of their own virtual machines and services.

    Start

    Grants members permission to start their own virtual machines and services.

    Stop

    Grants members permission to stop their own virtual machines and services.

    Store and re-deploy

    Grants members permission to store their own virtual machines in the VMM library, and re-deploy those virtual machines. Virtual machines stored in the library do not count against a user's virtual machine quotas.

    noteNote
    VMM does not support storing services.

  10. If you selected the Author action, the Run As accounts page opens. Select Run As accounts for the Self-Service User role to use in the templates and profiles that they use to create virtual machines and services, and then click Next.

  11. Review the settings you have entered on the Summary page, and then click Finish.

After you create a Self-Service User role, you can change settings using the Properties dialog box for the user role.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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