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  • 1.  Consult about a small VM platform

    Posted Nov 20, 2017 03:13 PM

    Hi all,

    I have some requirement about virtual machine access for end users


    10 ESXi 6.5 servers and several VMs on each ESXi, such as Win7, Win10

    1. I want a unified platform (should be a web page) that can let end users login to access their own VMs. For example, the EXSi servers' IPs are All user can access their own VMs via accessing

    2. A portal for end users so that they can create VMs on their own, instead of contacting IT admin to manual deploy VMs for them. After the VM is created, a custom permission will be assigned automatically that only he can access this VM.

    3. When a user wants to create a VM, he can choose a template. For example, a template that have a Server 2008 R2 & Win 7 in the same network environment. After he clicks "Deploy", this template environment will deploy for him.

    1. What additional product should I buy, such as vCenter?
    2. What kind of resources should I refer to?

    Thanks in advance!

  • 2.  RE: Consult about a small VM platform
    Best Answer

    Posted Nov 20, 2017 03:16 PM

    First of all, you need vCenter, regardless of what else you buy. And the scenario you describe (governance, control, self-service portal) is the main purpose of vRealize Automation (which requires vCenter). It may be a little overkill for just 10 ESXi hosts, but you'll have to determine that based on business needs and requirements.

  • 3.  RE: Consult about a small VM platform

    Posted Nov 20, 2017 03:36 PM

    Thanks very much!

    vRealize automation can achieve all the goals above? Are there additional skills, such as any development skills?

  • 4.  RE: Consult about a small VM platform

    Posted Nov 20, 2017 03:45 PM

    Yes, it can achieve all the goals you state and more. From what you describe as requirements, there should be no "development" skills required. It is possible you may need to do custom work in vRO for which JavaScript and vRO knowledge are required, and obviously vRA has its own learning curve associated.