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Abiquo 4.6

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To save license costs, administrators may create DRS rules to ensure that VMs with a specific operating system run on a specific host.

To deploy VMs to groups based on their operating system types:

  1. In a vCenter cluster, create a Cluster VM Group with the following naming convention for each operating system name.

    Lic_{clustername}_{osname}_VMs

    For example

    Lic_vcloudcluster_Windows_VMs
  2. In the abiquo.properties file on the Remote Services server, create properties to map the operating system types to VM groups. The properties should have the following format

    com.abiquo.esxi.experimental.vmgroup.gueststartswith.{OSprefix}

    For example, Windows guests should have a guestOperatingSystemId that starts with "win". To map them to an "osname" of Windows and assign them to the corresponding group, set this property.

    com.abiquo.esxi.experimental.vmgroup.gueststartswith.win=Windows

    Now Abiquo will deploy VMs with an osType of Windows using a DRS rule to assign them to the following group

    Lic_vcloudcluster_Windows_VMs

    Here are some more examples of mapping properties.

    com.abiquo.esxi.experimental.vmgroup.gueststartswith.sle=SUSE 
    com.abiquo.esxi.experimental.vmgroup.gueststartswith.suse=SUSE  

    Remember that you will need to restart the server.

  3. In Abiquo, check that you have correctly set the operating system types of the VM templates. See Modify a VM Template#Advanced tab


Screenshot: vCenter cluster VM group

Limitations: This feature is for use at deploy time and the platform won’t add captured VMs to a group and it won’t check the group during the reconfigure process.


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