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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

Set resource limits for a tenant in a datacenter or provider or region

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Set the default virtual network for an enterprise in a datacenter

Every time the administrator creates a virtual datacenter, the platform creates a private network, and assigns a default network to the virtual datacenter.

If a user deploys a VM without creating a NIC, the platform will assign a NIC on the default network.

Before you begin:

  1. Select the network type. The default network for an enterprise in a datacenter can be any of the following:
    • The default is a private network (" An auto-created private VLAN " called " default_private_network "). Configure this at Configuration View#Network
    • An external network, or an unmanaged network. Create it in Infrastructure view and for an external network, make IPs available. See Manage External Networks  

To set the default network for an enterprise in a datacenter:

  1. Go to Users →  create or edit an enterprise → Datacenters → edit an Allowed datacenterDefault network 
    • The current default virtual network will be highlighted in bold text
  2. Select a different network
  3. Click Accept to save the changes to the Allowed datacenter

The platform will assign the new default network to all new virtual datacenters that users create.

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  • Virtual datacenter networks can be defined at the following levels:

    • virtual datacenter (default or custom)
    • enterprise (default) 
    • platform
  • To override the enterprise's datacenter default network for a specific virtual datacenter:
    1. Go to Virtual datacenters → select virtual datacenterNetwork → select network type → edit Network → select the Default option
  • See Cloud networks for an overview of the platform's network types

Allow a tenant to use 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:

  1. Go to Users → edit EnterpriseDatacenters → edit Allowed datacenter → Tiers
  2. To allow tiers, select one or more tiers from the Prohibited tiers column and drag to the Allowed tiers column
  3. Continue with enterprise configuration or click Accept to save the enterprise configuration in the datacenter.

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  1. Allowed tiers override the basic tier configuration in Infrastructure view (Allow tier for all enterprises or on the Enterprise access tab).
  2. A new configuration on the Enterprise access tab will override this configuration
  3. You cannot restrict access to the tier for an enterprise that has created volumes in the tier

Allow a tenant to use datastore service levels in a datacenter

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Allow a tenant 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 a tenant 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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