Backup

Below are vCenter Server granular permissions required for backup:

Privilege Level

Required Permissions

Direct SAN Access Mode

Virtual Appliance Mode

Network Mode

Datastore

Low-level file operations

Low-level file operations

Low-level file operations

Global

Disable methods
Enable methods
Licenses
Log event
Manage custom attributes
Set custom attribute

Disable methods
Enable methods
Licenses
Log event
Manage custom attributes
Set custom attribute

Disable methods
Enable methods
Licenses
Log event
Manage custom attributes
Set custom attribute

Datastore cluster

Configure a datastore cluster

Configure a datastore cluster

Configure a datastore cluster

Virtual Machine

Change Configuration

Acquire disk lease
Advanced configuration
Set Annotation
Toggle disk change tracking

Acquire disk lease
Add existing disk
Add or remove device
Advanced configuration
Configure RAW device (if machines have Virtual Compatibility RDM disks)
Remove disk
Set annotation
Toggle disk change tracking

Acquire disk lease
Advanced configuration
Set annotation
Toggle disk change tracking

Guest operations

Guest operation modifications
Guest operation program execution
Guest operation queries

Guest operation modifications
Guest operation program execution
Guest operation queries

Guest operation modifications
Guest operation program execution
Guest operation queries

Interaction

Guest operating system management by VIX API

Guest operating system management by VIX API

Guest operating system management by VIX API

Provisioning

Allow read-only disk access
Allow virtual machine download

Allow read-only disk access
Allow virtual machine download

Allow read-only disk access
Allow virtual machine download

Snapshot Management

Create snapshot
Remove snapshot

Create snapshot
Remove snapshot

Create snapshot
Remove snapshot

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