To enable more control over cloud operations, users can create action plans to run tasks on VMs and scaling groups, and to run general tasks.
Privilege: Access action plans and triggers, Manage action plans and triggers
Action plans are an important automation functionality on the platform. They can combine tasks for VMs in different providers and have multiple triggers including alerts from custom metrics or built-in metrics. Each VM or scaling group can have multiple action plans.
Create an action plan
Before you create an action plan, you will probably want to create at least one VM.
To create an action plan:
- Go to Control view → Action plans, and click the + button
- Enter the action plan details
- Add actions:
Consider the following constraints on actions
- click the + Add button
- select a general action or select a VM or scaling group and a specific action type from the pulldown list
- enter parameters as required
- Maintenance block: You can create one complete maintenance block (start maintenance, action(s), and stop maintenance) and the maintenance block cannot contain any scaling actions
- Scale in and/or scale out actions: You can only scale in and/or scale out at the end of the action plan but you can create the scaling action(s) in any order (e.g. scale in first, only scale in)
- Email actions: You can perform an email action at any time, including after scaling actions
- Platform constraints: For example, to create an instance, the VM must be deployed and powered off
- Hypervisor constraints: For example, when using hot reconfigure on ESXi, you cannot decrement CPU or RAM
Put the actions in run order using the arrow buttons. Delete actions as required using the trash can button to the left of the action name.
The name of the VM
The name of the action plan
|Description||A description of the action plan|
See Actions list
See Action parameters table
Action parameters table
|Decrease CPU||vCPUs. Not supported by hot-reconfigure. Check OS compatibility|
- RAM. Not supported by hot-reconfigure. Check OS compatibility
- RAM unit of GB or MB
- Disk unit of GB or MB
- Selected disk
- Name for Instance (clone) template. The platform will append the date to the name supplied
- All disks or selected disks
- To (email addresses). Click the add + button to add an email address
- Cc (copy to these addresses)
|Set hardware profile||Select from the available hardware profiles|
- Power on
- Power off
- Increase CPU
- Decrease CPU
- Increase RAM
- Decrease RAM
- Resize disk
- Set hardware profile
- Scaling group:
- Start maintenance
- End maintenance
- Scale out
- Scale in
To run the action plan automatically, go to the Triggers tab and create an alert or schedule trigger.
Run an action plan now
When you have added some actions and saved the action plan, you can run the action plan immediately to test it. Edit the action plan and click the Execute action plan button, which is beside the + add button to create a new action.
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Abiquo recommends that you run an action plan manually to test it before you create a trigger to run it automatically.
Create a trigger
The platform supports two types of triggers to run action plans: Alerts and Schedules.
To run your action plan based on metrics, you can select an existing alert to trigger an Action plan. Click the + Add button and select the Alert. For details about creating an alert, see #Create Alerts and Alarms
To run your action plan automatically at selected dates and times, create a schedule trigger.
- To run the action plan at intervals of a fixed number of seconds within a set timeframe:
- Select an Interval schedule
- Enter the following parameters
- Interval seconds: the number of seconds from when the action plan excution starts to when it will start again
- Repeat count: the number of times to run the action plan. A value of 0 means repeat forever
- Start time: date and time
- End time: date and time
- After you create an interval schedule, the platform will display the execution count of how many times the action plan has run. If the repeat count is 0, the execution count is null
- To run an action plan as specified using a Cron-type schedule, select an Advanced schedule and use the calendar selector.
Delete an action plan
If you delete an action plan, Abiquo will also delete the schedule associated with that action plan.