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The following configurations are supported for an Abiquo trial environment.

ComponentsConfigurationsNotes
Abiquo Monolithic ServerRuns as VM on ESXi or KVMVLAN tagging configuration is required
NFS ServerNFS on separate server is recommended (not hypervisor datastore)Required to store VM templates
Persistent StorageAny NFS storage (not available for Hyper-V), vFiler on NetApp, NexentaOptional
HypervisorsESXi (with vCenter), KVMConfigure ESXi or install Abiquo KVM
Public Cloud providersAWS, Azure ARM, or other supported providersOptional, See Public cloud provider features
Abiquo Monitoring Server Optional install; monitoring can be disabled in the trial
Collectd Optional Abiquo collectd plugin installation
OpenStack NeutronWith KVM hypervisors and OpenStack clouds 
VMware NSXFor firewalls and load balancers use the Advanced edition or higher 

For versions, see Compatibility Tables 

For server specifications, see Trial Requirements

Platform networks

The main platform networks to configure for Abiquo are:

  • Management network: for managing the cloud platform, including monitoring of infrastructure and VMs, and deployment of VM templates
  • Service network: for VM communications using VLANs. Requires VLAN support. See Configuring the Service Network for Cloud Tenant Networks
  • Storage network: for virtual storage on external storage devices, optional

Configure each of these networks as a separate network.

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Within an Abiquo datacenter, every hypervisor should be connected to the top-of-rack switch to connect:

  • to the management network in access mode
  • to the storage network in access mode
  • to the service network in trunk mode.
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Cloud networks

The Service Network is a VLAN network that includes the following virtual network types:

  • Private networks within the virtual datacenter
  • External networks belonging to enterprises that allow access to networks outside the virtual datacenter
  • Unmanaged networks belonging to enterprises that are assigned IP addresses outside the Abiquo environment
  • Public networks using public IP addresses for VMs

 

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Abiquo can manage the service network with standard networking or software defined networking (SDN).

For standard networking, Abiquo management of the service network includes the following:

  • Virtual networks as separate VLANs
    • The Network Administrator configures VLANs in the top-of-rack switches
    • The Cloud Administrator enters the VLAN configuration in Abiquo. This is done when creating a rack, where the administrator supplies a range for private networks or when creating a network.
  • When a VM is deployed, Abiquo generates a unique MAC address and binds it to an IP from the appropriate subnet and assigns it to the appropriate VLAN
  • Network assignment can use the following options
    • ISC DHCP Servers: Abiquo can remotely manage ISC DHCP Servers, so the DHCP server will always lease the right IP to the MAC address on a VM.
      • The Network Administrator configures the DHCP server or relay server so that it listens to VLANs and can be reached over a network from the VMs (on the service network) so they can obtain the IP leases
        • Abiquo recommends the use of a DHCP relay server to provide VLAN support. See Configuring DHCP in the Administrator's Guide for information about how Abiquo uses DHCP
    • Guest setup: Abiquo can inject the network connection into a VM using cloud-init or hypervisor tools, which requires templates that support these methods. Abiquo will use this option if the DHCP server is not found

For SDN, Abiquo has integrations with popular systems, such as VMware NSX and OpenStack Neutron. 

Network inputs

You will need to configure your firewalls to enable the following ports and communications.

Abiquo Monolithic Server

Source

Destination

Input Port

Description

Client

Abiquo Monolithic Server

TCP 80

HTTP

ClientAbiquo Monolithic ServerTCP 443HTTPS

 

Platform and Storage Servers

Source

Destination

Input Port

Description

Monolithic Server

Nexenta storage agent

TCP 2000

Nexenta API

Monolithic Server

NetApp storage connector

TCP 80

NetApp API

Monolithic Server

LVM storage connector

TCP 8180

Abiquo LVMSCSI server

Hypervisor, Abiquo V2V

Any Storage host

TCP 3260

Volumes on the storage host iSCSI

 

Abiquo Monitoring Server with KairosDB
SourceDestinationInput PortDescription
Monolithic ServerMonitoring ServerTCP 8080KairosDB
NFS Server

Source

Destination

Input Port

Description

Monolithic Server, Hypervisor

NFS

TCP/UDP 2049

NFS

Monolithic Server, Hypervisor

NFS

TCP/UDP 111

RPC

Hypervisors
SourceDestinationInput PortDescription
Monolithic ServerESXi

TCP 80 

 
Monolithic ServerESXiTCP 443 
Monolithic ServerHyper-VTCP 135 
Monolithic ServerKVMTCP 8889 
Monolithic ServerXenServerTCP 443 
Monolithic ServerOracle VMTCP 7002 
Monolithic ServerPublic cloudTCP 443 

Allow ICMP

ICMP must be allowed between all components of the Abiquo platform, including hypervisors.

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NFS Server

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Optional Storage Server

Abiquo can manage an external storage platform to offer self-service virtual storage to users. External storage can be used to allocate external storage volumes to Virtual Appliances, or to convert VM Templates to Persistent Virtual Templates. Persistent templates save a virtual machine disk to the storage platform, allowing you to take advantage of storage features such as high availability. Use of external storage is optional, although some features may not be available if external storage is not available.

Abiquo has an NFS integration that can be used to create self-service iSCSI volumes on NFS storage, which is suitable for use in Proof of Concept tests. To use NFS storage, simply add the storage share to Abiquo as a storage device. Or you can install the Abiquo LVM storage server. See Trial Storage Server

 


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