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Introduction to the OpenStack plugin

Abiquo 3.2 has a new plugin to work with generic OpenStack clouds, for example, a private OpenStack deployment you may have in your labs, or even public OpenStack offerings such as HP Cloud. The feature is very similar to other Abiquo public cloud plugins, enabling you to deploy and configure virtual machines (including Chef features), manage their lifecycle and create firewalls.

Add an OpenStack Cloud

There is a slight difference between the functionality for create OpenStack clouds and creating other public cloud regions. Because the OpenStack plugin is generic, the regions are not available to Abiquo before you add the cloud. Therefore you will need to create the Abiquo Cloud provider proxy remote service in order to retrieve the regions before you add the cloud.

Add the Cloud provider proxy

Open Infrastructure view, then Click on the Remote Services tab.

To add the new remote service, click the plus button in the top right-hand corner of the main Remote Services pane.

The Create remote service popup will open. Enter the IP address.

To ensure that the IP service is reachable, click Check. If the check result is positive (green indicator), click Save. 

Retrieve OpenStack regions

In Infrastructure view, open the Datacenters tab and click on the Add button. Select Create public cloud region.

Enter the name of the public cloud region and select the OpenStack provider.

Enter the URL of the OpenStack cloud endpoint and the OpenStack administrator credentials and click Retrieve regions.


The Cloud Provider Proxy you created will use the administrator credentials to retrieve the region information and register the regions.

Create OpenStack Regions

Select the desired region(s) from the list.

Then register the remote services, remembering to select the existing cloud provider proxy from the pull-down if you wish to use this specific remote service. (It is possible to use another one). 

Click Save to create the public cloud region.

Then you can edit Enterprises to allow tenants access and add tenant credentials in the usual way.



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