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Abiquo 4.7

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To enable more control over cloud operations, users can create action plans that will automatically run tasks on VMs and scaling groups, and to run general tasks. 

Action plans are an important automation functionality on the platform. They can combine tasks for VMs and scaling groups 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.

Privilege: Access action plans and triggers, Manage action plans and triggers

Control → Action plans

You can automate the following entities and actions with action plans:

  • VM:
    • Reset
    • Power on
    • Power off
    • Shutdown
    • Deploy
    • Undeploy
    • Increase CPU
    • Decrease CPU
    • Increase RAM
    • Decrease RAM
    • Resize disk
    • Set hardware profile 
    • Instance
  • General:
    • Send email
  • Scaling group:
    • Start maintenance
    • End maintenance
    • Scale out
    • Scale in


Create an action plan

Before you create an action plan, consider the elements that you wish to automate with the action plan. Create VMs or scaling groups, fetch metrics, and create alarms and alerts.

To create an action plan:

  1. Go to Control → Action plans, and click the + add button 
  2. Enter the action plan details
  3. Add actions: 
    1. Click the + Add button
    2. Select a general action or select a VM or scaling group and a specific action type
    3. Enter parameters as required 
    Consider the following constraints on actions
    • 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.



Virtual machine

The name of the VM


The name of the action plan

DescriptionA description of the action plan

See List of actions for action plans

Action parameters

See Action parameters table.
Note that you can request the JSON schema for each action plan entry type from the API.
See: https://wiki.abiquo.com/api/latest/ActionPlansResource.html#list-action-plan-entry-templates

Action parameters table

Increase CPUvCPUs
Decrease CPUvCPUs. Not supported by hot-reconfigure. Check OS compatibility
Increase RAM
  • RAM
  • RAM unit of GB or MB
Decrease RAM
  • RAM. Not supported by hot-reconfigure. Check OS compatibility
  • RAM unit of GB or MB 
Resize disk
  • Amount
  • 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
Send email
  • Subject
  • Body
  • To (email addresses). Click the add + button to add an email address
  • Cc (copy to these addresses)
Set hardware profileSelect from the available hardware profiles

To run the action plan automatically, go to the Triggers tab and create an alert or schedule trigger. 

Run an action plan now

To run an action plan immediately to test it, do these steps:
  1. Go to Control → Action plans → Edit action plan 
  2. Click the Execute action plan button, which is beside the + add button to create a new action. 

Abiquo recommends that you run an action plan manually to test it before you create a trigger to run it automatically

Create a trigger for an action plan

The platform supports two types of triggers to run action plans: Alerts and Schedules.

To run your action plan based on metrics, select an existing alert with these steps:

  1. Go to Control → Action plans → edit action plan
  2. Go to Alerts
  3. Click the + Add button and select the Alert. For details about creating an alert, see Manage Alerts

To run your action plan automatically at selected dates and times, create a schedule trigger with these steps:

  1. Go to Control → Action plans → edit action plan
  2. Go to Schedules
  3. Enter the details of the schedule

  • To run the action plan at intervals of a fixed number of seconds within a set timeframe:
    1. Select an Interval schedule
    2. Enter the following parameters
      1. Interval seconds: the number of seconds from when the action plan excution starts to when it will start again
      2. Repeat count: the number of times to run the action plan. A value of 0 means repeat forever
      3. Start time: date and time
      4. End time: date and time
  1. 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.