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Abiquo 2.6

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Managing Racks and Machines

The PHYSICAL SERVERS list is on the left-hand side of the datacenter pane.


The buttons below the PHYSICAL SERVERS list are used to manage racks and machines.



Create a rack or add a machine. If there are no racks in your datacenter, click the add button to Create a Rack. If a standard rack is selected, click the add button to Create a Physical Machine on the selected rack.

Delete a rack or remove a machine.

Edit the selected rack or machine.

Refresh the resources used on the selected machine and synchronize the virtual infrastructure (Virtual machine in the UNKNOWN state)


Create Managed Racks

General Information Tab 

For a managed rack (Cisco UCS), complete the following fields.

Network Parameters Tab

Discover Blades on Managed Racks

This section describes how to discover and manage blades on managed racks.

After you create a managed rack, click on it to open the rack pane below the VIRTUAL MACHINES list in the datacenter pane.

The Blades on UCS Racks are automatically discovered to create the list of blades on the UCS Rack when the rack is created. In the rack pane, click Discover Blades to discover the hypervisors running on these blades. Click Refresh Blades to rescan the blades.

When you discover blades, you will not see the confirmation screen with the physical machine parameters. All blades found by the discovery process will be automatically added or updated in the rack. You can then work with and control these blades like standard physical machines.

Configuring UCS Blades

Click the UCS Blade Configuration panel to manage Service Profiles and Policies. 

Refresh Actions

When you are working with the service profile information, click the double-arrow Refresh button beside the action to update the display.

Copy Policies

Select a policy and click Copy selected policy to the Clipboard.

Service Profile Management

Click Service Profile Management to open the Associate Service Profile popup. From this screen you can perform the following operations on service profiles:

  • associate
  • instantiate
  • disassociate
  • delete
Associate a Service Profile

There two types of service profiles: instances and templates. An instance can be associated with a blade if it is not already associated with another blade. If the blade is associated with another service profile, this will be disassociated first. If the association fails, the blade will not have any service profile associated.

There are two types of service profile templates: updating template and initial template. When you instantiate an updating template, the instance is bound to the template. This means that when you modify the updating template, all the instances of that template will be modified too. Instances of initial templates are not bound to the template and not updated.

All service profile instances can be associated directly with blades. Click on the service profile and click Accept to associate it.

If the service profile is a template (not an instance), then you will need to instantiate it before you can associate it with a blade. To instantiate it, first select which Organization the new instance will be created in. Then enter the name for the new instance. If the selected service profile template is the default service profile template for this rack, the organization will be the same as that of the template and the name will be provided automatically. Click on the template, then click Next. The Instantiate Service Profile popup will open.

Instantiate a Service Profile

After opening the Instantiate Service Profile popup from the Service Profile Management popup, select an Organization if required. Enter a new name. Click Accept to continue.


Disassociate a service profile

Click Disassociate and Yes to confirm.

Delete a Service Profile

If the service profile is not in use, delete it by clicking the red delete button  beside it in the left column.

Managing Blades

Most operations with blades on managed racks will require a service profile to be associated with the blade. See Associate a Service Profile.

Powering On/Off a Blade

Click the Power button in the top right corner of the blade details pane to power on/off the blade.

UCS Service Profile Required

To perform this operation, there must be a UCS Service Profile associated with the blade.

Locating a Blade

Click the Locate button in the lower right corner of the blade details pane to turn on the locator light on the blade.


Editing Racks

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource RackResource.

To edit a rack, select it in the rack list and press the Configuration Button  in the lower right corner of the PHYSICAL SERVERS pane.

You can change the same rack values that are used when creating racks.


You cannot modify the network parameters of a rack to exclude a VLAN ID if there are any virtual machines deployed in networks that are using this VLAN tag ID.

Managing Service Profiles

You can associate Service Profiles with blades. After creating a managed rack, click the Service Profiles Management tab to manage service profiles.

Set the Default Service Profile for the blades on the rackClick on the profile (not an instance) that you wish to set as the default. Click Accept.
Disassociate a Service Profile from a bladeClick Disassociate beside the blade. Click Yes to confirm.
Delete a Service Profile (not the default)Click the red delete button  beside the service profile name to delete. Click Yes to confirm.


Control Blades

The following general buttons are used to control machines in Abiquo and they are described in more detail in Compute Resources in Datacenters




Send email to owners

Retrieve virtual machines

Capture retrieved virtual machines

Delete retrieved virtual machines that were not imported

Power on / Power off

Disable machine

Delete Managed Racks

To delete a rack, first check there are no virtual machines deployed on its machines. You cannot delete a rack with virtual machines deployed on its machines.

Select the rack in the rack list and press the Delete Button  in the lower left corner of the PHYSICAL SERVERS pane. The rack will be deleted.