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Admin Guide 1. Abiquo
Compatibility Tables

Only tested and supported versions are listed here and it is recommended that you use these versions.

Servers

Remember that the Abiquo platform is integrated into Abiquo Linux, which is derived from the CentOS 5 Linux distribution. Therefore, you should ensure that your server hardware is compatible with CentOS and that suitable drivers are available. CentOS/RedHat expertise is required to maintain the Linux servers.

Virtualizing Abiquo

If you are installing Abiquo on a virtual machine, this will also need to be compatible with the CentOS operating system. For example, if you wish to install Abiquo on a virtual machine on ESX/ESXi, you should choose the e1000 Ethernet adapter as this is the most compatible adapter for this system and the drivers are included in the Abiquo installer.

Remember that Abiquo platform networks require DHCP services with VLAN support for listening to multiple VLANs. The default DHCP solution is a DHCP Server (on Remote Services in distributed install; on Abiquo Server in monolithic install). Or you can provide DHCP services with a DHCP relay server or separate DHCP server. If you wish to install your chosen DHCP solution on a virtual machine, the hypervisor must support listening to multiple VLANs. At this time, the recommended hypervisors with VLAN support are: ESXi with VLAN tagging and KVM with virtual bridges.

See Configuring a DHCP Server with VLAN Support. Thus, in practice, if you will be virtualizing Abiquo and using Abiquo Platform networks, then you will usually need to run ONE of the servers in this table on a VM on a hypervisor with VLAN support.

Install on Hypervisor with VLAN Support

Explanation

DHCP Relay Server

This is the recommended configuration. The relay server manages VLANs and relays their DHCP requests to the Abiquo DHCP server. The other Abiquo platform components can now be installed on any suitable VM/hypervisor

DHCP Server

Replaces the Abiquo default DHCP server. The other Abiquo platform components can now be installed on any suitable VM/hypervisor

Abiquo Remote Services

In a distributed installation without a separate DHCP relay server or DHCP server, the main Abiquo Server must be installed on a hypervisor with VLAN support

Abiquo Monolithic Server

In a distributed installation without a separate DHCP relay server or DHCP server, the Remote Services must be installed on a hypervisor with VLAN support

Hypervisors

Supported Hypervisors

Abiquo only supports hypervisors installed and configured by following the Abiquo documentation.

Vendor

Hypervisor

Version____________________________

VMware

vSphere 4: Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus. Distributed Virtual Switch requires Enterprise Plus. VSphere 5.
Abiquo High Availability does not support vCenter - use VMware HA with vCenter. Abiquo HA will not failover a VM from an ESX 4.x to ESX 5 host, or from an ESX 5 to ESX 4.x host. Abiquo will failover between two hosts of the same major version and in order to use Abiquo HA, all the hosts on the same rack should be of the same major version. As in all Abiquo HA configurations, the ESX hosts that will failover to each other must share datastores. Abiquo does not support VMware Fault Tolerance

ESX 4.0, 4.1; ESXi 4.0, 4.1;
ESXi 5.0 (with v2.0 and above)

Xen.org

Xen

Abiquo Linux package only

Citrix

XenServer. Abiquo High Availability is not supported on XenServer.

5.6 SP2 (with Linux Support).
6 (persistent virtual storage volumes are not supported)

KVM

KVM

Abiquo Linux package only

Oracle

VirtualBox

Abiquo Linux package only

Microsoft

Hyper-V

Hyper-V role on Windows 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter Edition. Hyper-V on Server Core is not supported.

See also Template Compatibility Table and VM Template Guide

Remote Access Support

Abiquo allows remote access to virtual machines through the eye icon.

Hypervisor

Remote Access Support

ESX/ESXi

(tick) VNC

XenServer

(error) XenServer only allows VNC in localhost mode

KVM

(tick) VNC

XEN

(tick) VNC

VirtualBox

(tick) RDP. No password support

Hyper-V

(error)

Captured Virtual Machines

Abiquo can capture virtual machines from physical machines managed by Abiquo

  • Prerequisites
  • Process
    • Adds the VM to the Abiquo database as an imported machine
    • Imports:
      • CPU and RAM
      • One hard disk
      • Existing remote access configuration
  • Capabilities
    • Power on
    • Power off
    • Pause
    • Create an instance (on all hypervisors except KVM and Xen)
    • Undeploy - destroys the virtual machine on the hypervisor.

Storage

Storage type

Vendor

Protocol

Hypervisor Datastore

Any

iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, FC, FCoE, or direct attached

Generic iSCSI Storage

Any

iSCSI

Managed Tiered Storage

NetApp

ONTAP 7

Managed Tiered Storage

Nexenta

3.0.4 enterprise

Managed Tiered Storage

LVM

Red Hat 5.x

Persistent Virtual Machines can use Managed Tiered Storage or Generic iSCSI Storage.

Managed Racks

Vendor

Rack and Components

Cisco

Unified Computing System.
Cisco UCS 6120XP 20-Port Fabric Interconnect,
Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis,
Cisco UCS B200 Blade Servers

Networking

Abiquo supports IPv4 for DHCP and access to the Abiquo console/UI.

LDAP Implementations

  • Windows 2003
  • Windows 2008
  • Windows 2008R2
  • ApacheDS
  • OpenLDAP 2.4

Chef Integration

Abiquo Chef Integration requires an Opscode Chef server. Opscode Chef requires time synchronization between your servers and hypervisors. Abiquo Chef Integration supports Linux virtual machines only. Abiquo Chef Integration requires a DHCP server configured in the Abiquo platform to pass parameters to virtual machines. If you wish to use the Chef recipes in the Opscode community repository, then Abiquo recommends that you use Ubuntu virtual machines.

Web Client

Browsers

Vendor

Browser

From Version

Recommended Operating System

Microsoft

Internet Explorer

8, no VM upload from local disk

Windows

Mozilla

Firefox

3

Windows, Linux, Macintosh

Google

Chrome

10

Windows, Linux, Macintosh

Apple

Safari

5

Macintosh

Required Plugins

Vendor

Plugin

From Version

Adobe

Flash Player

9

Oracle

Java (previously Sun Java)

Java SE 6 Update 26 (or higher)

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