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Abiquo quick tutorial

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This walkthrough:

  • Looks at private cloud infrastructure, templates, and tenants and users
  • Describes how to create a virtual datacenter and deploy a VM

This guide assumes that the Abiquo platform demonstration environment already has a datacenter with two hypervisors.

1. Log In

Log in as Cloud Administrator using the default account with the following data:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: (Your demo password supplied by Customer Service)

Let's start with a quick overview of the private cloud datacenter.

2. Display infrastructure details in private cloud

In the Infrastructure view, the cloud administrator will manage the datacenters, with racks and servers.

  1. Open Infrastructure View by clicking the Servers icon at the top of the main menu
  2. Go to Private
  3. Select the datacenter
  4. Go to Servers
  5. Open the rack to display the 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.

3. Display the VM Templates in the Apps Library

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.

  1. Open the Apps library view by clicking the Apps library icon
  2. Select the datacenter
  3. If necessary, click the Refresh round arrow button

The platform makes the Apps library templates available in the virtual datacenters for users to create VMs.

4. Create a cloud tenant

In Abiquo, cloud tenants are called Enterprises and you can manage them in Users view.

  1. Open the Users View by clicking the Users icon.
  2. At the bottom of the Enterprises list, click the + add button to add a new enterprise.
  3. Enter the Name of the tenant and select Global scope 
  4. To allow your users to deploy, enable a datacenter for the enterprise. Go to Datacenters, select a datacenter, and drag it into the Allowed datacenters list.

5. Create users

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:

  1. In Users view, select your enterprise, and go to Users, then click the + add button
  2. Enter the user's details, including the Name
  3. Select a role, for example ENTERPRISE_ADMIN, and select the Global scope
  4. Enter other details, such as the Password and click Save.

Optionally create a cloud administrator and optionally log in as a tenant administrator and create a cloud user.

6. Create a virtual datacenter

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.

  1. Open the Virtual Datacenters view by clicking the cloud icon. Your demo environment may already contain a virtual datacenter and a virtual appliance
  2. Click the add button at the top of the Virtual Datacenters list and select Create virtual datacenter
  3. Enter a Name, select the Datacenter, if required, select the Hypervisor, and then click Save

7. Create a virtual appliance

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:

  1. Select the virtual datacenter and go to Virtual Appliances
  2. Click the Create virtual appliance button
  3. Enter the Name
  4. Click Save.

The virtual appliance you create will appear in the V. Appliances list. For more details, see Manage Virtual Appliances.

8. Create VMs from VM templates

When you open a virtual appliance, the platform displays a list of available and compatible templates in the left pane.

  1. Click on the virtual appliance Name to open your virtual appliance
  2. Click Create virtual machine
  3. Select a VM template and click Save (or double-click a VM template)

You can now optionally configure your VMs by going to the options menu at the top right of the VM icon and selecting Edit.

9. Deploy a virtual appliance

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.