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User's Guide. 9. Configuration

If you have the appropriate permissions, you can access the Configuration view by clicking the Configuration view icon at the top of the screen.

The Configuration view consists of these tabs:

  • Licenses: Provides license management functionality.
  • System properties: Allows you to change the system properties

New Configuration Options

The General Tab has two new options in Abiquo 2.6

  • Workflow endpoint
  • Enable workflow

 

Heartbeat

No heartbeat tab in version 2.0 and above

The heartbeat tab has been removed, heartbeat is enabled by default and heartbeat can be configured with an Abiquo configuration property.

The Heartbeat function collects basic information about the utilization of the platform to assist the development team in the future development of the software. By default Heartbeat is enabled. You can configure Heartbeat using the abiquo.heartbeat.autostart Abiquo Configuration Property.

License Management

API Documentation

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

Abiquo Enterprise Edition licensing is based on managed CPU cores. When purchasing an Abiquo license, the user must specify the number of CPUs that will be managed by the Abiquo platform and obtain a license according to that number.

There is no restriction on the way a user licenses the product. Users can purchase more than one license, and combine them to fit their needs.

Cumulative licensing

Abiquo uses a cumulative licensing mechanism, so users who purchase several licenses L to manage C cores will have the ability to manage L1*N1 + L2*N2 + Ln*Nn cores.

The license tab is shown below.

The example figure shows the Abiquo platform installed with 3 licenses, one of them expired. The total amount of cores that the Abiquo platform will manage according to this example is 2000 cores.

To add a purchased license, just click the  button and copy the license key into the pop-up that appears:

You can also add a license through The Abiquo Wizard

To remove an existing license, select it and click the button.

 

System Properties

API Documentation

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

The system properties tab allows the cloud administrator to view and change the properties that are currently used in each client by default.

The tab has the following pages: Infrastructure, Network, Dashboard, General and Wiki Links.

Infrastructure Tab

These properties are used in Infrastructure View.

Update when Adding Virtual Appliances

For general information about the appliance library see Appliance Library Concepts. For information about how to populate the appliance library see Adding VM Templates to the Appliance Library.

  • Refresh interval for remote template download progress (seconds)
    How often the background process will check the download to update the progress bar when you Add VM Template from Remote Repository to the appliance library of a datacenter. The update interval is indicated by a countdown timer in the lower right corner of the screen.
  • Refresh interval for VM template upload progress (seconds)
    How often the background process will check the upload to update the progress bar when you Add VM Template from Local File to the appliance library of a datacenter. The update interval is indicated by a countdown timer in the lower right corner of the screen.

Datacenters Map

In Abiquo 2.4, the map feature was changed. Please see Google Maps Replaced with OpenStreetMap for more details. For information on how to configure the maps, see How to Obtain and Install a Google Maps API Key

  • Default latitude for Datacenters map
    The decimal latitude of the map location you will see when OpenStreetMap opens in the Infrastructure view.
    For example, for Barcelona this would be 41.3825
  • Default longitude for Datacenters map
    The decimal longitude of the map location you will see when OpenStreetMap opens in the Infrastructure view.
    For example, for Barcelona this would be 2.176944
  • Default zoom level for Datacenters map
    Sets the zoom slider when OpenStreetMap opens in the Infrastructure view. 

Managed Racks

  • URL to UCS Manager Interface (http://rack_ip + value)
    The value entered in this field will be appended to the URL of the managed rack to give the location where the UCS Manager Interface is located. For example "/ucsm/ucsm.jnlp".

Updating Infrastructure Screen

  • Refresh interval for infrastructure data (seconds)
    More than one cloud administrator can work with the same Abiquo platform at the same time. Thus the infrastructure page is updated so that changes in datacenters are propagated to all servers. The update interval is indicated by a countdown timer in the lower right corner of the screen in Infrastructure View.
  • Refresh interval for event log (seconds)
    How often Abiquo updates the display of the event log in the Home View.
  • Number of IP addresses in lists
    Number of IP addresses to display in a single page.

Remote Access

  • Allow remote access to virtual machines
    When selected, you can click the eye icon for a virtual machine within a virtual datacenter to open a hypervisor shell window. This option does not affect remote shell access (e.g. ssh). If this option is not selected, the eye icon is disabled. For more information see Configure Remote Access to Virtual Machines.

Updating Virtual Appliances

  • Refresh interval for virtual appliance deployment progress (seconds)
    How often the background process checks the deployment of virtual appliances and updates the virtual appliance state. Indicated by a countdown timer in the bottom right corner of the screen on the Virtual Appliance page. For more information please see Manage Virtual Appliances.
  • Refresh interval for virtual appliance (seconds)
    How often the background process checks the state of virtual appliances and updates the state.
    Indicated by a countdown timer in the bottom right corner of the screen on the Virtual Appliance page. For more information please see Manage Virtual Appliances.

Create New Infrastructure Defaults

When creating a new physical machine, these are the default values displayed on the Create physical machine form.

  • Default Hypervisor password
  • Default Hypervisor port
  • Default Hypervisor user
  • Allowed virtual storage volume sizes (gigabytes)
    Values displayed in gigabytes on the form for adding a new volume to a virtual datacenter. Enter values separated by commas with no spaces. You can enter values lower than one, for example, 0.5 or 0.1. For more information, see Manage Virtual Storage.
  • URL for template disk format compatibility documentation
    This link provides information about size limitations when you upload a new virtual machine template to the appliance library. For more information please see Appliance Library View - NFS Repository.

When you create a rack, these default networking options will be offered.

Virtual Machine Template Conversions

  • Refresh interval for refresh missing VM template conversions (seconds)
    When you edit a virtual machine template in your appliance library (uploaded from local machine/downloaded from repository), you can launch a background process to generate all the missing template formats for other hypervisors.
    In the template formats list, the state of all template conversions is indicated and it gets refreshed by a background process. Because this is a pop-up screen, there is no countdown timer.

Network Tab

Default Private VLAN for Virtual Datacenters

The VLAN values for the private network automatically created by default in a virtual datacenter if no other default network (external network) is present.

Dashboard Tab

These properties are used on the dashboard of the Home View.

  • URL of Documentation home page
    Link to the Abiquo manuals.
  • Show users icon on main toolbar
    If selected, users icon is displayed and both cloud administrators and enterprise administrators can edit users.
    If not selected, no users icon is displayed and no one can edit users until the cloud administrator changes this option.

The Display Pop-up alert after login (Startup_Alert.txt) configuration option has been removed from Abiquo 2.6 because the Startup_Alert.txt has been replaced by The Abiquo Wizard.

 

  • Refresh interval for Dashboard (Seconds)  
    Time interval between updates of the monitoring dashboard of the Home View to allow multiple users to make and see changes. Indicated with a countdown timer in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
  • URL to Purchase  Licenses
    URL that will be shown in the Abiquo wizard to enable users to purchase licenses.

General Tab

These properties are General configuration properties for the whole system.

  • Enable the Abiquo Wizard feature
    Display the Abiquo wizard when the user first logs in, until the user or administrator disables the wizard. See The Abiquo Wizard
  • Logo file
    The directory of your company logo file. The directory is relative to the Abiquo installation directory. The logo file should be a .png, .jpg or other web compatible image file. The resolution should be 72 ppi and the image size should be 130 x 70 pixels.
  • Enterprises per page in User management
    How many enterprises display per page in the users view.
    For more information, see Manage Enterprises.
  • Users per page in User management
    How many users display per page in Users View.
  • URL displayed when the enterprise logo is clicked
    This website will be displayed when the Abiquo server has Internet access.
  • Display Report icon linked to this URL (empty -> no Report icon)
    Enter the report URL. To display the report icon, enter the URL here. Clicking the icon will open this page and pass the user's enterprise as a parameter (in the form ?enterprise=1). Users must also have the Access Reports privilege in order to display the report icon and access the report page. By default this privilege is assigned to the cloud admin role.

  • Allow user to change their password
    Mark this checkbox to enable users to open a popup to edit their personal details by clicking on the link in the top right corner of the screen. The user personal details include the password if abiquo authentication is used. The information that can be edited varies, depending on the user. If this option is disabled, the user details can only be edited in Users view. By default, this option is enabled.
  • Allow user to logout
    Mark this checkbox to allow users to log out by clicking on the "logout" link in the top right corner of the screen. If it is not marked, the link will not be displayed, and users will only be logged out when their browser session ends. By default, this option is enabled.
  • Show virtual machine hard disk tab
    Mark this checkbox to display the virtual machine hard disk tab for compatible hypervisors (see Storage Feature Tables).
  • Redirect to this URL after logout (empty -> login screen)
    URL to open after the user logs out of Abiquo. If no URL is supplied, the login screen is opened.

  • Default view after login 
    Select from the pull-down list of Abiquo views - Home, Infrastructure, Virtual Datacenters, etc. The Home view is the default, and if the user does not have enough privileges to open a default view, the Home view will open.
  • Show details of soft limits when reached
    Tick this checkbox to display details of soft limits when they are exceeded. If this option is not selected, the soft limits message will simply state that the limits have been reached and allow the user to decide if they want to continue.
  • Show details of hard limit when reached
    Tick this checkbox to display details of hard limits when they are exceeded. If this option is not selected, the hard limits message will simply state that the limits have been reached and that the operation cannot be performed.

Workflow options

The workflow options control the Workflow feature. For more information please see Workflow Integration

New options

The Workflow endpoint and Enable workflow options were introduced in Abiquo 2.6.

  • Enable workflow
    Mark this checkbox to enable workflow. In Virtual Datacenters, the Workflow Tasks tab will display queued tasks. Enable workflow after you enter the Workflow endpoint, otherwise tasks in progress will fail because of the missing endpoint. 
  • Workflow endpoint
    Enter the URL endpoint for the workflow process. If workflow is enabled, Abiquo will send workflow requests to this URL. The workflow endpoint is the URL of the web application that connects to the workflow tool. If you do not have the URL for the workflow endpoint, check with your system administrator

Wiki Links Tab

These properties are the Wiki help screen configuration properties for the whole system.

On the Wiki Links page, you can set specific links to your enterprise's manual or the Abiquo User's Guide. If there is no specific help page for a pop-up, a default help page can be shown. To display the help icon on all pop-ups, mark the Show help icon checkbox. This icon will take the user to the specific help page for the pop-up or the default help page. To show the help icon on the pop-ups without specific help pages, mark the Show default help icon. Unmark this checkbox to hide the default help icon. Enter the URLs of the specific help pages for each section.

Link LabelValue

Wiki Links Default

 

Default help URL

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Abiquo+Documentation+Home

Infrastructure

 

Infrastructure creation
(wizard)
http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Infrastructure+View

Datacenter creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Datacenters#ManageDatacenters-Create,RemoveorModifyaDatacenter

Datacenter edition

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Datacenters#ManageDatacenters-Create,RemoveorModifyaDatacenter

Remote Service edition

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Datacenters#ManageDatacenters-ModifyaDatacenter

Physical Machine creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Compute+Resources+on+Standard+Racks#ComputeResourcesonStandardRacks-CreateMachines

Datastores Management

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Compute+Resources+on+Standard+Racks#ComputeResourcesonStandardRacks-ManageDatastores

Rack creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Compute+Resources+on+Standard+Racks#ComputeResourcesonStandardRacks-CreateStandardRacks

Discover UCS Blades

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Compute+Resources+on+Managed+Racks#ComputeResourcesonManagedRacks

Mail notification

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Compute+Resources+in+Datacenters#ComputeResourcesinDatacenters-SendingEmailNotifications

Public VLAN creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Public+Networks

VLAN Static Routes creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Public+Networks#ManagePublicNetworks-ConfigureStaticRoutesUsingDHCP

Storage Device creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+External+Storage#ManageExternalStorage-ManagedStorage

Storage Pool creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+External+Storage#ManageExternalStorage-StoragePools

Tier edition

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+External+Storage#ManageExternalStorage-ManageStorageServiceLevelswithTiers

Global allocation rules

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Allocation+Rules#ManageAllocationRules-GlobalRulesManagement

Datacenter allocation rules

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Allocation+Rules#ManageAllocationRules-DatacenterRulesManagement

Virtual Datacenters

 

Virtual Infrastructure section
(wizard)
http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Virtual+Datacenters+View

Virtual Datacenter creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Virtual+Datacenters#ManageVirtualDatacenters-CreateaVirtualDatacenter

Virtual Appliance creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Basic+Operations#BasicOperations-CreatingaNewVirtualAppliance

Private Network creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Networks#ManageNetworks-CreateaPrivateVLAN

Public Network creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Networks#ManageNetworks-ReservePublicIPAddresses

Volume creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Virtual+Storage#ManageVirtualStorage-CreatingaVolumeofManagedStorage

Virtual Machine edition

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Configure+Virtual+Machines

Use instances of Virtual Machines

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Configure+a+Virtual+Appliance#ConfigureaVirtualAppliance-AddInstancesofVirtualMachines

VM Network interface creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Configure+Virtual+Machines#ConfigureVirtualMachines-CreateaNewNetworkInterface

VM Instance creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Create+Virtual+Machine+Instances

VM Persistent creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Create+Persistent+Virtual+Machines

Capture VM

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Import+and+Capture+Virtual+Machines#ImportandCaptureVirtualMachines-CaptureVirtualMachines

More info while deploying VApp

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VM layer creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Configure+a+Virtual+Appliance#ConfigureaVirtualAppliance-CreateanAnti-affinityLayer

Apps Library

 

Apps Library section
(wizard) 

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Appliance+Library+View

VM Template upload

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Adding+VM+Templates+to+the+Appliance+Library#AddingVMTemplatestotheApplianceLibrary-UploadingfromtheLocalFilesystem

Users

 

Enterprise creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Enterprises#ManageEnterprises-CreatingorEditinganEnterprise

Datacenter limits

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Enterprises#ManageEnterprises-CreatinganEnterprise

User creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Users#ManageUsers-CreatingorEditingaUser

Role creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Roles
Scope creationhttp://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Manage+Scopes

Pricing

 

Currency creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Pricing+View#PricingView-ManageCurrencies

Cost Code creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Pricing+View#PricingView-ManageCostCodes

Pricing Template creation

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Pricing+View#PricingView-ManagePricingModels

Configuration

 

Configuration tab

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Configuration+view

Licence tab

http://wiki.abiquo.com/display/ABI26/Configuration+view#ConfigurationView-LicenseManagement
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