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Abiquo 4.7

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Private cloud

Use Case 4.1 - Create a virtual datacenter from the resource cloud

Use Case 4.1

Create a virtual data center from the resource cloud

Use Case Description

Virtual Datacenter is an abstraction of a physical Datacenter that offers the same capabilities (such as network infrastructure, external storage system, backup, security, etc) with the added advantages of cloud computing:

  • Virtualization
  • Pay-as-you-go billing
  • Quick scalability
  • Technology and hardware abstraction.

This gives cloud users the opportunity to run their applications in a more economical and flexible way. A Virtual Datacenter offers the classical Datacenter infrastructure, as a service.
A VDC groups virtual appliances and other resources such as volumes and public IP addresses that will be attached to virtual machines within the virtual appliances

Pre-requisites

Physical infrastructure added to Abiquo

Requires

 

Steps

1. Login as the Enterprise Admin user you created earlier (Not the SysAdmin)
2. Go to "Virtual Datacenters"
3. Click on the + icon in the "Virtual Datacenters" pane
4. Fill in necessary info, select Datacenter, and Hypervisor type


Specify the virtual datacenter's name, select the physical datacenter where its applications will be deployed and the hypervisor you want to use. Please note that the hypervisor depends on the physical datacenter configuration, so select the physical datacenter first. Click OK.

5. Click on "Accept"

Expected results

A virtual datacenter for the enterprise will be available for virtual appliances to be created and deployed within.

Comments

 

Use Case 4.3 - Create virtual storage volumes

Use Case 4.2

Create Virtual Storage Volumes

Use Case Description

Storage volumes can be created and attached to a virtual machine to extend their usable disk space capacity. These volumes are persistent, so they will not be deleted when the virtual machine is destroyed.

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management server
  • Enterprise
  • Storage Device attached and configured

Requires

Abiquo managed external storage
Volume name and size of volume

Steps

1. Login as the Enterprise Admin or Enterprise User (Not the SysAdmin)
2. Go to "Virtual Datacenters" pane and select a Virtual Datacenter
3. Select the "Volumes" tab
4. Click on the + icon in the "Volumes" pane
5. Choose Virtual Datacenter, size of volume, Tier and enter description

6. Click "Accept"

Expected results

Volume is now available to be attached to a virtual machine when deployed.

Comments

To create a virtual machine system disk on a persistent volume, create a persistent virtual machine template.

Use Case 4.3 - Create private VLANs

Use Case 4.3

Create Private VLANs

Use Case Description

Abiquo uses the Private IP management function to offer Virtual Datacenter users the opportunity to use different Private IP ranges and networks in their virtual infrastructure

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Network Infrastructure

Requires

  • Name for Private IP Network
  • Private IP Netmask
  • Private IP Gateway

Steps

1. From the Virtual Datacenters, select a Datacenter and select the 'network' tab, then the 'Private' sub-tab
2. Click the + icon to add a new VLAN
3. Fill in the necessary information

4. Click "Accept"

Expected results

A specified Private IP range is now available for the specific Enterprise/Virtual Data Center

Comments

NOTE: Private IP addresses are usually created by Enterprise Admin within an enterprise. This is not a function of the System Administrator.

Use Case 4.4 - Reserve Public or External IPs

Use Case 4.4

Reserve Public or External IPs

Use Case Description

Virtual Datacenters within each enterprise has can purchase or reserve public IP addresses to be used on their virtual machines

Pre-requisites

The public/external IP addresses shown in the public/external IP list contains the IP addresses configured in the Infrastructure view.

Requires

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Network Infrastructure
  • IP subnet and IP address range allocated for External or public consumption (external to Abiquo)
  • IP Netmask
  • IP Gateway

Steps

  1. Select the Networking tab to access Public IP management
  2. Select a Physical Datacenter
  3. Click the '+' button to reserve the selected IP addresses for use in the selected enterprise's Physical Datacenter
  4. Select the desired available IP address(es).
  5. The user will now be able to use the IP addresses when creating virtual machines in the virtual appliance creation section.

Expected results

When a user creates a VM in the virtual appliance screen and configure the VM, there are Public IPs available to use.

Comments

 

Public cloud

Use Case 4.5 - Onboard the existing virtual infrastructure from public cloud

Use Case 4.5

Onboard the existing virtual infrastructure

Use Case Description

Customers will use Abiquo to manage virtual infrastructure in the public cloud. The tenant administrator can acquire the existing virtual infrastructure so that it can be managed by Abiquo

Pre-requisites

Abiquo installed and running. Public cloud regions are created and valid public cloud credentials have been entered.

Requires

Must be logged into Abiquo as the Tenant Administrator

Steps

Go to Virtual datacenters view. Click the plus button and select synchronize from public cloud from the menu.

Select the public cloud region.

Select the virtual datacenter to synchronize from the list.

Abiquo will import this virtual infrastructure from the provider.

Expected results

Imported virtual infrastructure is now managed by Abiquo and is available to virtual datacenter users.

Comments

 

 

Changes made directly in the provider can be updated in Abiquo by clicking the synchronize button beside the virtual datacenter name in the VDC list.

Abiquo will import the following (as supported by the provider):

  • virtual datacenters
  • virtual datacenter networks
  • public IPs
  • firewalls
  • load balancers
  • virtual machines
  • templates used to create virtual machines

Use Case 4.6 - Define allocation limits for the virtual datacenter

Use Case 4.6

Define allocation limits for the virtual datacenter

Use Case Description

Tenant administrators can define allocation limits to restrict resources available to cloud users in the virtual datacenter. These allocation limits complement the limits set by cloud operators for the tenant. When users reach the soft limit, a warning message can be displayed. When users reach the hard limit, their action will be blocked. In public cloud the external storage limit is not used.

Pre-requisites

Abiquo installed and running.

Requires

Must be logged into Abiquo as the Tenant Administrator

Steps

Select the virtual datacenter and edit. Select the Allocation Rules tab.
To allow your users unlimited resources, set the limits to 0.

Expected results

A set of allocation limits will be defined for the virtual datacenter.

Comments

 

Use Case 4.7 - Obtain floating public IPs from the cloud provider

Use Case 4.7

Obtain floating public IPs for consumption by cloud users

Use Case Description

Tenant administrators can obtain public IPs from certain cloud providers and make them available to users in their enterprises. These IPs may be called floating IPs in Abiquo because they are not attached to an Abiquo network. They may be called by different names in different providers, for example, in AWS, they are called Elastic IPs. Note that some cloud providers may charge for public IPs as soon as you obtain them from the provider. As part of an evaulation, you may wish to perform this action AFTER you create a virtual machine in order to reduce costs.

Pre-requisites

  • Virtual datacenters in public cloud regions with support for floating public IPs:
    • AWS
    • Azure
  • Virtual machine created to use the public IP address

Requires

 

Steps

  1. In the Virtual datacenters list, click on the name of a virtual datacenter in public cloud
  2. Click on the public tab
  3. Click on the synchronize button to obtain any existing public IP addresses
  4. Click on the + button to obtain a new floating IP address
  5. Click on the Add to virtual datacenter link
  6. If you have created a virtual machine, then you can now edit its configuration and add the IP address. Or you can remove the IP address from the virtual datacenter and delete it from Abiquo.

Expected results

A public IP will be created and added to the virtual datacenter and virtual machine as required.

Comments

As part of an evaulation, you may wish to perform this action AFTER you create a virtual machine in order to reduce costs.

Enterprise

Use Case 4.8 - Create enterprise users

Use Case 4.8

Create Enterprise Users

Use Case Description

Enterprise Users are able to log in via the Enterprise's management console and deploy virtual resources
The enterprise User role is the one with the least privileges. This role can manage (create/modify/delete) a group's virtual infrastructure. Typically, this role is assigned to someone who uses the Cloud service each day for virtual provisioning.

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Enterprise created

Requires

Enterprise User Name and email address

Steps

1. Login as SysAdmin or Enterprise Admin
2. Select Enterprise
3. In the "Users" pane click + to add the new user
4. Select Role "USER" and Scope "Global Scope" and fill in necessary info

Optionally restrict the user to a set of VDCs

Enter public key for remote access to VMs

Expected results

An Enterprise user is created which allows for login and deployment of virtual machines in the selected Enterprise.

Comments

 

Use Case 4.9 - Create custom user roles

Use Case 4.9

Create Custom User Roles

Use Case Description

The Abiquo installation creates 3 default roles each configured with a set of pre-defined privileges. For some deployments additional roles will be required to support the desired models for system administration.

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Enterprise created

Requires

Enterprise User Name and email address

Steps

1. Login as SysAdmin
2. Select Users → Roles
3. Select the USER role and click the Clone button (or click + to add the new role)
4. Fill in necessary info. (External roles are not necessary at this time)

5. Save the role and select the required privileges. See Manage Roles#Privileges table

6. Create a new user and assign the new role to this user

Expected results

A Custom role is created and a user who is assigned the new role is restricted by the selected privileges.

Comments

You can also create a scope for a user. A scope is designed to restrict administrator roles to certain enterprises and datacenters.
Manage Scopes

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