vRealize Automation 7.x User Roles Overview


vRealize Automation 7.x User Roles Overview



Roles consist of a set of privileges that can be associated with users to determine what tasks they can perform. Based on their responsibilities, individuals might have one or more roles associated with their user account.

All user roles are assigned within the context of a specific tenant. However, some roles in the default tenant can manage system-wide configuration that applies to multiple tenants.

System-Wide Role Overview

System-wide roles are typically assigned to an IT system administrator. In some organizations, the IaaS administrator role might be the responsibility of a cloud administrator

System Administrator

The system administrator is typically the person who installs vRealize Automation and is responsible for ensuring its availability for other users. The system administrator creates tenants and manages system-wide configuration such as system defaults for branding and notification providers. This role is also responsible for monitoring system logs.

In a single-tenant deployment, the same person might also act as the tenant administrator.

IaaS Administrator

IaaS administrators manage cloud, virtual, networking, and storage infrastructure at the system level, creating and managing endpoints and credentials, and monitoring IaaS logs. IaaS administrators organize infrastructure into tenant-level fabric groups, appointing the fabric administrators who are responsible for allocating resources within each tenant through reservations and reservation, storage, and networking policies.

System-Wide Roles and Responsibilities

Users with system-wide roles manage configurations that can apply to multiple tenants. The system administrator is only present in the default tenant, but you can assign IaaS administrators to any tenant. 

Role
Responsibilities
How Assigned
System Administrator
  • Create tenants.
  • Configure tenant identity stores.
  • Assign IaaS administrator role.
  • Assign tenant administrator role.
  • Configure system default branding.
  • Configure system default notification providers.
  • Monitor system event logs, not including IaaS logs.
  • Configure the vRealize Orchestrator server for use with XaaS.
  • Create and manage (view, edit, and delete) reservations across tenants if also a fabric administrator.
Built-in administrator credentials are specified when configuring single sign-on.
IaaS Administrator
  • Configure IaaS features, global properties.
  • Create and manage fabric groups.
  • Create and manage endpoints.
  • Manage endpoint credentials.
  • Configure proxy agents.
  • Manage Amazon AWS instance types.
  • Monitor IaaS-specific logs.
  • Create and manage (view, edit, and delete) reservations across tenants if also a fabric administrator.
The system administrator designates the IaaS administrator when configuring a tenant.

Tenant Role Overview 

Tenant roles typically have responsibilities that are limited to a specific tenant and cannot affect other tenants in the system 





Tenant Role Overview
Role
Description
Tenant Administrator
Typically a line-of-business administrator, business manager, or IT administrator who is responsible for a tenant. Tenant administrators configure vRealize Automation for the needs of their organizations. They are responsible for user and group management, tenant branding and notifications, and business policies such as approvals and entitlements. They also track resource usage by all users within the tenant and initiate reclamation requests for virtual machines.
Fabric Administrator
Manages physical machines and compute resources assigned to their fabric groups and creates and manages the reservations and policies associated with those resources within the scope of their tenant. They also manage property groups, machine prefixes, and the property dictionary that are used across all tenants and business groups.
Note:
If you add the fabric administrator role to a system-wide role such as IaaS administrator or system administrator, the fabric administrator can create reservations for any tenant, not just their own.
Blueprint Architects
Umbrella term for the individuals who are responsible for creating blueprint components and assembling the blueprints that define catalog items for consumers to request from the service catalog. These roles are typically assigned to individuals in the IT department, such as architects or analysts.
Catalog Administrator
Creates and manages catalog services and manages the placement of catalog items into services.
Approval Administrator
Defines approval policies. These policies can be applied to catalog requests through entitlements that a tenant administrator or business group manager manage.
Approver
Any user of vRealize Automation, for example, a line manager, finance manager, or project manager, can be designated as an approver as part of an approval policy.
Business Group Manager
Manages one or more business groups. Typically a line manager or project manager. Business group managers entitlements for their groups in the service catalog. They can request and manage items on behalf of users in their groups.
Support User
A role in a business group. Support users can request and manage catalog items on behalf of other members of their groups.
Business User
Any user in the system can be a consumer of IT services. Users can request catalog items from the service catalog and manage their provisioned resources.
Health Consumer
Any user of vRealize Automation, for example, a line manager, finance manager, or project manager, can be designated as a Health Consumer with read-only privileges for Health Service reports.



Tenant Roles and Responsibilities in vRealize Automation

You can assign tenant roles to users in any tenant. The roles have responsibilities that are specific to that tenant.

Tenant Roles and Responsibilities

Role
Responsibilities
How Assigned
Tenant administrator
  • Customize tenant branding.
  • Manage tenant identity stores.
  • Manage user and group roles.
  • Create custom groups.
  • Manage notification providers.
  • Enable notification scenarios for tenant users.
  • Configure vRealize Orchestrator servers, plug-ins and workflows for XaaS.
  • Create and manage catalog services.
  • Manage catalog items.
  • Manage actions.
  • Create and manage entitlements.
  • Create and manage approval policies.
  • Monitor tenant machines and send reclamation requests.
The system administrator designates a tenant administrator when creating a tenant. Tenant administrators can assign the role to other users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Fabric administrator
  • Manage property groups.
  • Manage compute resources.
  • Manage network profiles.
  • Manage Amazon EBS volumes and key pairs.
  • Manage machine prefixes.
  • Manage property dictionary.
  • Create and manage reservations and reservation policies in their own tenant.
  • If this role is added to a user with IaaS administrator or system administrator privileges, the user can create and manage reservations and reservation policies in any tenant.
The IaaS administrator designates the fabric administrator when creating or editing fabric groups.
Application architect
To successfully add software components to the design canvas, you must also have business group member, business group administrator, or tenant administrator role access to the target catalog.
  • Assemble and manage composite blueprints.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Infrastructure architect
To successfully add software components to the design canvas, you must also have business group member, business group administrator, or tenant administrator role access to the target catalog.
  • Create and manage infrastructure blueprint components.
  • Assemble and manage composite blueprints.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
XaaS architect
  • Define custom resource types.
  • Create and publish XaaS blueprints.
  • Create and manage resource mappings.
  • Create and publish resource actions.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Software architect
To successfully add software components to the design canvas, you must also have business group member, business group administrator, or tenant administrator role access to the target catalog.
  • Create and manage software blueprint components.
  • Assemble and manage composite blueprints.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Container architect
  • Add, edit, and remove container components in a blueprint by using options on the Design tab.
  • Add, edit, and remove container network components in a blueprint by using options on the Design tab.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users and groups in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Container administrator
Use all available options in the Containers tab, including the following tasks:
  • Configure container hosts, placements, and registries
  • Configure container network settings
  • Create container templates
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users and groups in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Catalog administrator
  • Create and manage catalog services.
  • Manage catalog items.
  • Assign icons to actions.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Business group manager
  • Add and delete users within the business group.
  • Assign support user roles to users in the business group.
  • Create and manage entitlements for the business group.
  • Request and manage items on behalf of a user in the business group.
  • Assign approval policies for the business group.
  • Monitor resource usage in a business group.
  • Change machine owner.
The tenant administrator designates the business group manager when creating or editing business groups.
Shared access user
  • Use and run actions on the resources that other business group members deploy.
  • Cannot initiate a provisioning request.
The tenant administrator designates the shared access users when creating or editing business groups.
Approval administrator
  • Create and manage approval policies.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.
Approver
  • Approve service catalog requests, including provisioning requests or any resource actions.
The tenant administrator or approval administrator creates approval policies and designates the approvers for each policy.
Support user
  • Request and manage service catalog items on behalf of the other members of the business group
  • Change machine owner.
The tenant administrator designates the support user when creating or editing business groups.
Business user
  • Request service catalog items to which they are entitled.
  • Manage their provisioned resources.
The tenant administrator designates the business users who can consume IT services when creating or editing business groups.
Health Consumer
  • Can view test results.
  • Cannot configure, edit, or delete a test.
The IaaS administrator designates privilege to any role..
Security administrator
  • Create a message board whitelist.
Tenant administrators can assign this role to users in their tenant at any time from the Administration tab.




















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