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How to create a read-only account for VMware monitoring


Auvik needs read-only credentials to properly monitor your VMware ESXi host.

Note: The instructions below are based on VMware ESXi 5.5 using vSphere. If you're using a different version of VMware ESXi or vSphere, your steps and the labels you see may vary.

You'll need to create a user with read-only permissions using the VMware vSphere client:

  1. Log into the vSphere client (with administrative rights).
  2. From Home, click Inventory.
  3. From the inventory tree, click the data center name.
  4. Click the Local Users & Groups tab.
  5. Right-click and select Add.
  6. Enter the login, user name, and password.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click the Permissions tab.
  9. Right-click and select the Add Permission tab.
  10. Click Add.
  11. Highlight the user you want to add.
  12. Click Add, then OK.
  13. Confirm the rights say Read-only and click OK.
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