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"Assign virtual machine to resource pool" error when performing tasks through vSphere Web Client (2142994)

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Create, Clone, Migrate virtual machine tasks performed through vSphere Web Client (NGC) fails with the error:

Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool


This issue occurs if the user is assigned Resource -Assign virtual machine to resource pool privilege and propagate is set to FALSE as the roles matching fails at all levels in the parent chain hierarchy (Cluster >Datacenter >Root).


This issue is resolved in vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3, available at VMware Downloads.

To work around this issue if you do not want to upgrade:
  1. Add Assign virtual machine to resource pool privilege on the parent resource pool (Resource Pool > Cluster > Datacenter > Root).
  2. Change the propagate to TRUE.
Note: When a folder level permission is set, it exposes the whole inventory in Host and Cluster view. While the information on inventory is visible, the user is still restricted to perform tasks for which permission are not defined.


When a user is part of a multi-tenant environment and assigned permission for a specific folder in the Inventory, the resolution steps exposes the whole inventory in a read-only mode.

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17/05/2016 - Updated the Confidential section

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