How to Share Resources as a Self-Service User in VMM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

If you are a self-service user in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you can use the following procedure to share resources. Before you can share the resources, you must own the resources, and an administrator in VMM must assign the Share action to your self-service user role in VMM. The administrator must also assign the Receive action to the self-service user with whom you want to share resources.

When the necessary steps have been taken by the administrator in VMM, you can share resources that you own with other members of your self-service user role. You can also share with everyone in another self-service user role, or with an individual member of another self-service user role. For example, if you are a member of a self-service user role called “Application Developers,” you might share your service template with everyone in a self-service user role called “Application Testers.”

If you are an administrator and want enable to resource sharing between self-service user roles in VMM, see How to Enable Self-Service Users to Share Resources in VMM.


This procedure also can be performed by administrators. The Access tab for a resource lists resources that self-service user roles can access either through sharing or through assignment. To perform this procedure, a delegated administrator must have the resource and the self-service user role in the scope of their user role. After an administrator assigns a resource to a self-service user role, the resource is added to the Resources tab of the self-service user role.

To share a resource as a self-service user in VMM

  1. Open the Library workspace.

  2. On the Library pane, navigate to the template or physical resource that you want to share.

  3. On the results pane, right-click the resource and then click Properties.

    The Properties dialog box opens.

  4. Open the Access tab.

    The Owner option displays the owner of the resource and the self-service user role under which it was created. The Users list displays the names of self-service users and self-service user roles that are sharing the resource.

  5. Under Users, click Add.

    The Select Users dialog box opens.

    1. To share the resource with another member of your own self-service user role, use the Select button beside User to select the user account.

    2. To share the resource with other self-service user roles, under User Role, select each self-service user role that should receive the resource. Only user roles that have the Receive action assigned to them are available.

    3. To share the resource with an individual user of another self-service user role, select the user and the user role. Only the selected role member will have access to the shared resource.

    4. Click OK.

  6. Click OK to save the updated properties.

See Also

Configuring Self-Service in VMM