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How to Create a non-root account with Administrator capabilities on ESX

Purpose

To create a non-root account that has Administrator level privileges on ESX.

Resolution

As per the ESX Server Configuration Guide:
  1. To add a user to the Users Table.
    1. Log in to the host using the vSphere Client, using the root userid.
    2. Click the Local Users & Groups tab and click Users.
    3. Right-click anywhere in the Users table and click Add to open the Add New User dialog.
    4. Enter a login name, a user name, a numeric user ID (UID), and a password.
    5. Specifying the user name and UID are optional. If you do not specify the UID, the vSphere Client assigns the next available UID.
    6. Create a password that meets the length and complexity requirements. However, the ESX host checks for password compliance only if you have switched to the pam_passwdqc.so plug-in for authentication. The password settings in the default authentication plug-in, pam_cracklib.so, are not enforced. To allow a user to access the ESX host through a command shell, select Grant shell access to this user.
    7. In general, do not grant shell access unless the user has a justifiable need. Users that access the host only through the vSphere Client do not need shell access.
    8. To add the user to a group, select the group name from the Group drop-down menu and click Add.
    9. Click OK

  2. To select the Permissions tab, also in the local host vSphere client session, and then:
    1. Right click "Add Permissions"
    2. select Administrator from the Assigned Role drop-down box
    3. click Add to bring up a list of available users
    4. select the user you added in Step 1 and click Add, then OK
    5. click OK
    6. At this point, you should now be able to login to the ESX host using that user, and the vSphere client.

  3. Based on VMware KB 1027647

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