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This section describes how to configure the limits and resource access of an enterprise in a location, which means a specific datacenter or public cloud region. 

To create enterprise configuration for a cloud location:

  1. Go to Users → edit Enterprise
  2. Go to Datacenters → select an Allowed datacenter or public cloud region
    • If your platform configuration enables you to select a provider, you can also create some default settings at the provider level
  3. Edit the datacenter or public cloud region

Configure resource limits in a location

At the location level, you can limit resources and set defaults.

To configure the same limits for all regions in a provider, select a provider group. For example, if you enter a hard limit of 8 CPUs, then the platform will create a hard limit of 8 CPUs in each region for this provider.

To limit resources in a datacenter or public cloud region, set allocation limits:

  1. Select an Allowed Datacenter (datacenter or public cloud region) in the right pane 
  2. Click the pencil Edit button. An edit dialog will open at the Allocation limits tab
  3. Set valid allocation limits

This is process is very similar to that of setting enterprise limits, so for more details, see #Control Enterprise Resources above.

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Total amount of RAM that may be used by VMs including hardware profiles assigned to VMs

Virtual CPUs


Total number of virtual CPU cores that may be used by VMs including hardware profiles assigned to VMs

Local Hard Disk


Total size of hard disk that may be used by VMs on hypervisor datastores and in public cloud providers

External Storage


Total size of external storage that may be created for assignment to VMs



Total number of private VLANs that may be defined. Note that a private VLAN is automatically created for every VDC, so this limit may restrict the number of VDCs that users can create.

Public IPs


Total number of Public IPs, floating IPs (in public cloud), and NAT IPs that may be used

RepositoryOperationsPrivate cloud: Total size of NFS Repository space that maybe used for the Apps Library including templates and instances (but not conversions). Manage the Datacenter Apps Library#How much space can I use in the Apps Library?
Virtual machinesDeploymentTotal number of VMs that users can deploy in the location using their allowed resources

Set the default virtual network for an enterprise in a datacenter

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Control access to storage tiers in a datacenter

You can control access to storage tiers that define different storage service levels. Before you begin, configure storage in Infrastructure view (see Manage Storage). 

To set the allowed and restricted storage tiers for an enterprise, go to Enterprise → Datacenters → Tiers. To allow tiers, select one or more tiers from the prohibited column and drag 

  • The configuration you perform here will override the basic tier configuration set in Infrastructure view (Allow tier for all enterprises or on the Enterprise access tab). But a new configuration on the Enterprise access tab will 

  • You cannot restrict access to the tier for an enterprise that has created volumes in the tier

Continue with further configuration or click Accept to save the Enterprise.

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Control access to datastore service levels in a datacenter

You can control access to datastore service levels with datastore tiers. Before you begin,  configure datastore service levels with tiers for the datacenter and  add your hypervisor datastores to datastore tiers. See Manage Datastore Service Levels with Datastore Tiers 

To allow or prohibit access to a datastore tier for an individual enterprise, go to Enterprise → Allowed datacenters → Datastore tiers. Drag and drop datastore tiers to the Allowed or Prohibited lists for this enterprise

  • You cannot restrict the access of enterprises that have already created disks in the tier
  • Changes in Infrastructure view to the Datastore tiers on the Enterprise access tab will override these settings

Click Accept to save the Enterprise datacenter resources


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Allow tenants to use backup policies in a datacenter

Backup policies enable users to select partially or fully pre-configured backups for their VMs. 

To allow a tenant to use backup policies:

  1. Go to Users → edit Enterprise → Datacenters → edit Allowed datacenter → Backup policies
  2. Select the Backup policies to allow for the tenant


  • The enterprise that creates backup policies will automatically be able to use them. For all other enterprises, select the backup policies to allow for each datacenter.
  • Users will require backup privileges to enable and configure backups

Related links:

  • To configure backup systems and create backup policies see Backup
  • For information about how users will work with backup policies on VMs, see VM backups

Allow tenants to use hardware profiles

Hardware profiles can enable users to easily select appropriate hardware combinations for their virtual machines. Before you begin, you can create hardware profiles for the datacenter in Infrastructure view on the Hardware profiles tab.

To use hardware profiles:

  1. Select the checkbox to Enable hardware profiles mode for the tenant
  2. Select the Hardware profiles that the enterprise will be allowed to use (available hardware profiles)
  • If a tenant enterprise does not have any hardware profiles available, then the tenant's users will not be able to deploy VMs
  • If a tenant enterprise already has VMs deployed when you enable hardware profiles, Abiquo will try to assign existing hardware profiles. If an existing profile is inactive, Abiquo will activate this profile and assign it. Otherwise, Abiquo will create a new hardware profile named ABQ_HP_{cpu}_{ram}_ID

After you enable hardware profiles for a tenant, you can do the following steps in the Apps library:

  • Edit the tenant's VM templates to ensure that there are valid hardware profiles for each template (within template CPU and RAM limits)
  • Recommend hardware profiles for each template. Abiquo will display "(recommended)" after these profile names when users create a VM from a template
    • Enable users to only work with recommended hardware profiles: Abiquo will only display recommended hardware profiles

Abiquo will now require users to select hardware profiles when they create VMs.

Disable hardware profile mode

You can disable hardware profiles mode if the provider also supports CPU and RAM. When you disable it for an enterprise in a datacenter, the hardware profile details will simply “disappear” from VMs, and users will work with CPU and RAM values again. When editing the enterprise, however, the profiles that you made available are still marked, in case you decide to enable hardware profiles again.

If you enable hardware profile mode again, Abiquo enables hardware profiles in the same way as when you first enabled hardware profiles. After re-enabling hardware profile mode, you should check templates and recommended hardware profiles.

Disable specific hardware profiles

To restrict enterprise access to a specific hardware profile, i f the enterprise does not have any deployed VMs using it, you can edit the enterprise’s allowed datacenter and unselect the hardware profile in the available list.

You can also make Abiquo hardware profiles inactive in Infrastructure view, at any time and even if they are used in deployed VMs. See Hardware profiles#Stop users from working with a hardware profile

Configure enterprise resources with the API

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource EnterpriseLimitsByDatacentersResource.

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