This guide assumes that the Abiquo platform demonstration environment already has a datacenter with two hypervisors.
Log in as Cloud Administrator using the default account with the following data:
Let's start with a quick overview of the private cloud datacenter.
After you log in, you will probably be in the Home view. This view will display an overview of your cloud resources.
In the Infrastructure view, the cloud administrator will manage the datacenters, with racks and servers.
The hypervisors will be organised on racks and the cloud administrator will be able to manage all aspects of the infrastructure in this view.
The Appliance library (Apps library) stores VM templates so that users can easily create VMs from them. VM templates can be imported from a remote repository or uploaded from a local machine. You can allow users to upload VM templates and the platform will convert them to the appropriate formats.
The platform makes the Apps library templates available in the virtual datacenters for users to create VMs.
In Abiquo, cloud tenants are called Enterprises and you can manage them in Users view.
In a new environment there is always the default Cloud Administrator user and the default cloud User. The other default user profile is the tenant administrator. Abiquo enables you to optionally delegate the creation of virtual resources and users to tenant administrators. When you log in as a tenant administrator or cloud user, the user interface displays the appropriate options according to your user privileges.
To create a user:
Optionally create a cloud administrator and optionally log in as a tenant administrator and create a cloud user.
Virtual datacenters contain the virtual resources for providing the cloud service. From here users can create VMs in virtual appliances and the Abiquo platform will deploy them to the infrastructure. Within virtual datacenters, users can manage their VMs, networks, storage, and more.
A virtual appliance is a container for a group of VMs running in a virtual datacenter. It is like a folder that can contain a related set of VMs that are used to provide a service. For example, a web stack. At the virtual appliance level, you can deploy these VMs together, view their performance statistics, create anti-affinity layers for VM high availability, and so on.
Screenshot: VMs running inside a virtual appliance.
To manage a new group of VMs, create a virtual appliance:
The virtual appliance you create will appear in the V. Appliances list. For more details, see Manage Virtual Appliances.
When you open a virtual appliance, the platform displays a list of available and compatible templates in the left pane.
You can now optionally configure your VMs by going to the options menu at the top right of the VM icon and selecting Edit
After you save your changes to the VM, to close the virtual appliance and go back to the Virtual datacenters view, click the virtual datacenters cloud icon again. Or at the top of the screen in the black bar, click the VIRTUAL DATACENTER name
Click the Deploy virtual appliance button to deploy the virtual appliance, which will provision the VMs and launch them in the cloud.
The platform will deploy all the VMs and power them on. You can select the VMs and manage them with the control buttons in the lower panel.