Definitions of RBAC roles and permissions

Permissions available for each role

The following table summarizes which permissions are available for each role. For details on the operations available for each permission, see the next section.

Permissions Pool Admin Pool Operator VM Power Admin VM Admin VM Operator Read Only
Assign/modify roles X          
Log in to (physical) server consoles (through SSH and XenCenter) X          
Server backup/restore X          
Import/export OVF/OVA packages; import disk images X          
Set cores per socket X          
Convert VMs using XenServer Conversion Manager X          
Switch-port locking X X        
Log out active user connections X X        
Create and dismiss alerts X X        
Cancel task of any user X X        
Pool management X X        
Storage XenMotion X X X      
VM advanced operations X X X      
VM create/destroy operations X X X X    
VM change CD media X X X X X  
VM change power state X X X X X  
View VM consoles X X X X X  
XenCenter view management operations X X X X X  
Cancel own tasks X X X X X X
Read audit logs X X X X X X
Configure, initialize, enable, disable WLB X X        
Apply WLB optimization recommendations X X        
Modify WLB report subscriptions X X        
Accept WLB placement recommendations X X X      
Display WLB configuration X X X X X X
Generate WLB reports X X X X X X
Connect to pool and read all pool metadata X X X X X X
Configure virtual GPU X X        
View virtual GPU configuration X X X X X X
Access the config drive (CoreOS VMs only) X          
Container management X          
Configure Health Check X X        
View Health Check results and settings X X X X X X
vCPU Hotplug X X X X    
Configure PVS-Accelerator X X        
View PVS-Accelerator configuration X X X X X X

Definitions of Permissions

Additional information about permissions:

Assign/modify roles

  • Add and remove users
  • Add and remove roles from users
  • Enable and disable Active Directory integration (being joined to the domain)

This permission lets the user grant themself any permission or perform any task.


This role lets the user disable the Active Directory integration and all subjects added from Active Directory.

Log in to server consoles

  • Server console access through ssh
  • Server console access through XenCenter


With access to a root shell, the assignee could arbitrarily reconfigure the entire system, including RBAC.

Server backup/restore

  • Back up and restore servers
  • Back up and restore pool metadata

The ability to restore a backup lets the assignee revert RBAC configuration changes.

Import/export OVF/OVA packages and import disk images

  • Import OVF and OVA packages
  • Import disk images
  • Export VMs as OVF/OVA packages

Set cores-per-socket

  • Set the number of cores per socket for the VM’s virtual CPUs

This permission enables the user to specify the topology for the VM’s virtual CPUs.

Convert VMS by using XenServer Conversion Manager

  • Convert VMware VMs to XenServer VMs

This permission lets the user convert workloads from VMware to XenServer by copying batches of VMware VMs to XenServer environment.

Switch-port locking

  • Control traffic on a network

This permission lets the user to block all traffic on a network by default, or define specific IP addresses from which a VM is allowed to send traffic.

Log out active user connections

  • Ability to disconnect logged in users

Create/dismiss alerts

  • Configure to generate alerts when resource usage crosses certain thresholds
  • Remove alerts from the Alerts view


A user with this permission can dismiss alerts for the entire pool.


The ability to view alerts is part of the Connect to Pool and read all pool metadata permission.

Cancel task of any user

  • Cancel any user’s running task

This permission lets the user request XenServer cancel an in-progress task initiated by any user.

Pool management

  • Set pool properties (naming, default SRs)
  • Enable, disable, and configure HA
  • Set per-VM HA restart priorities
  • Configure DR and perform DR failover, failback and test failover operations.
  • Enable, disable, and configure Workload Balancing (WLB)
  • Add and remove server from pool
  • Emergency transition to master
  • Emergency master address
  • Emergency recover slaves
  • Designate new master
  • Manage pool and server certificates
  • Patching
  • Set server properties
  • Configure server logging
  • Enable and disable servers
  • Shut down, reboot, and power-on servers
  • Restart toolstack
  • System status reports
  • Apply license
  • Live migration of all other VMs on a server to another server, due to either WLB, Maintenance Mode, or HA
  • Configure server management interfaces
  • Disable server management
  • Delete crashdumps
  • Add, edit, and remove networks
  • Add, edit, and remove PBDs/PIFs/VLANs/Bonds/SRs

Storage XenMotion

  • Migrate VMs from one host to another host
  • Move Virtual Disk (VDIs) from one SR to another SR

VM advanced operations

  • Adjust VM memory (through Dynamic Memory Control)
  • Create a VM snapshot with memory, take VM snapshots, and roll-back VMs
  • Migrate VMs
  • Start VMs, including specifying physical server
  • Resume VMs

VM create/destroy operations

  • Install and delete VMs
  • Clone/copy VMs
  • Add, remove, and configure virtual disk/CD devices
  • Add, remove, and configure virtual network devices
  • Import/export XVA files
  • VM configuration change

VM change CD media

  • Eject current CD
  • Insert new CD

VM change power state

  • Start VMs (automatic placement)
  • Shut down VMs
  • Reboot VMs
  • Suspend VMs
  • Resume VMs (automatic placement)

View VM consoles

  • See and interact with VM consoles

Configure, initialize, enable, disable WLB

  • Configure WLB
  • Initialize WLB and change WLB servers
  • Enable WLB
  • Disable WLB

Apply WLB optimization recommendations

  • Apply any optimization recommendations that appear in the WLB tab

Modify WLB report subscriptions

  • Change the WLB report generated or its recipient

Accept WLB placement recommendations

  • Select one of the servers Workload Balancing recommends for placement (“star” recommendations)

Display WLB configuration

  • View WLB settings for a pool as shown on the WLB tab

Generate WLB reports

  • View and run WLB reports, including the Pool Audit Trail report

XenCenter view management operations

  • Create and modify global XenCenter folders
  • Create and modify global XenCenter custom fields
  • Create and modify global XenCenter searches

Cancel own tasks

  • Enables users to cancel their own tasks

Read audit logs

  • Download the XeNServer audit log

Connect to pool and read all pool metadata

  • Log in to pool
  • View pool metadata
  • View historical performance data
  • View logged in users
  • View users and roles
  • View tasks
  • View messages
  • Register for and receive events

Configure virtual GPU

  • Specify a pool-wide placement policy
  • Assign a virtual GPU to a VM
  • Remove a virtual GPU from a VM
  • Modify allowed virtual GPU types
  • Create, destroy, or assign a GPU group

View virtual GPU configuration

  • View GPUs, GPU placement policies, and virtual GPU assignments.

Access the config drive (CoreOS VMs only)

  • Access the config driver of the VM
  • Modify the cloud-config parameters

Container management

  • Start
  • Stop
  • Pause
  • Resume
  • Access information about the container

Configure Health Check

  • Enable Health Check
  • Disable Health Check
  • Update Health Check settings
  • Manually upload a server status report

View Health Check results and settings

  • View the results of a Health Check upload
  • View Health Check enrollment settings

Configure PVS-Accelerator

  • Enable PVS-Accelerator
  • Disable PVS-Accelerator
  • Update PVS-Accelerator cache configuration
  • Add or Remove PVS-Accelerator cache configuration

View PVS-Accelerator configuration

  • View the status of PVS-Accelerator

Definitions of RBAC roles and permissions