Abiquo 5.1

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Author: Ignasi Barrera

Every time a VDC is deployed, Abiquo will create a NSX edge and connect it the uplink network to provide gateway, router, firewall, load balancing and SNAT services to the VMs inside the VDC.

 NSX Gateway diagram


  • Maximum 9 private networks per VDC as per NSX limitation
  • Load balancers do not support firewalls.

Abiquo properties

The following properties are global to the platform and must be configured in the Server and Remote Services appliances:

abiquo.nsx.transport-zoneThe transport zone where the networks created by Abiquo will be attached.
abiquo.nsx.edge.cluster-idIdentifier (in VCenter) of the cluster where Abiquo will deploy the ESG.
abiquo.nsx.edge.datastore-idCSV list of identifiers (in VCenter) of the datastores where Abiquo can deploy the ESG appliances according to the datastore-policy

Allocation policy for selection of datastores to deploy ESG appliances.
Default: leastvms
Range: leastvms, mostspace


Id of the port group where Abiquo will attach the ESG uplink.
abiquo.nsx.edge.public-network-cidr Network range where the ESG uplink IP and the "public" load balancer IPs will be taken from. It must be a range dedicated to Abiquo.

Number of IP addresses that are reserved for NSX in each private network to allocate to load balancers. Default: 20
The gateway can be address 1. The reserved IPs range starts from address 2 for the number of IPs configured by the user, by default, up to address 21
Users should work with automatic IP allocation. In any case, the system administrator should inform the users of the range and by default, the first free address is address 22 

The following properties can be configured globally or per tenant. See Manage tenant properties to configure them as tenant properties.

To configure properties globally in the API properties, use them with an abiquo. prefix:



Use this property to set the teaming policy for the portGroup that is the backing for the VirtualWire when it is created. This value cannot be changed after it is created.
Default: "failover_explicit"
Values: "failover_explicit", "loadbalance_ip", "loadbalance_loadbased", "loadbalance_srcid", or "loadbalance_srcmac"


Size of the ESG appliances.

Values: compact, large, quadlarge, xlarge

nsx.edge.descriptionDescription to configure in the edges created by Abiquo.

Whether load balancer acceleration is enabled in the edge load balancers.

Default: false

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