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Quick Tutorial

Version 2.0 20120316

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1. Introduction

This tutorial describes how to create a cloud and deploy a virtual machine. In this tutorial you will perform the tasks of the cloud administrator, enterprise administrator and enterprise user.

Please see Introduction - The Abiquo Platform for further general introductory information.

2. Prerequisites

This tutorial assumes that the Abiquo platform and the cloud node hypervisor have been set up. For detailed information, see the installation instructions in the Administrator's Guide

For the purposes of this tutorial, a Cloud in the Box installation on a server or virtual machine using DHCP is sufficient.

3. Log In

Log in as Cloud Administrator using the default account with the following data:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: xabiquo

4. Add a License

In Enterprise edition, cut and paste the key from the license file into the box on the license tab of Configuration view.

5. Create the Infrastructure

The cloud administrator creates the cloud infrastructure for the enterprise administrators and users.

Open Infrastructure view by clicking the icon at the top of the screen.

5.1 Create a Datacenter

  1. Click the button to create a new physical Datacenter.
  2. Enter the Name and Location of your Datacenter.
  3. Enter the IP address of Remote Services. Abiquo uses Remote Services to connect to the physical machines and manage the cloud.
    • If the Remote Services are all running on the same machine, enter the machine's address in the first box and mark the Duplicate IP Addresses checkbox.
    • For Cloud in a Box, enter the IP address of your server.
  4. Click Check for each Remote Service to confirm that Abiquo can access it.
  5. Click Accept.

Help Button

Click the help button in the top right-hand side of a pop-up to view the help screen for that pop-up.

5.2 Add a Rack

  1. If the Datacenter is not open, go to Infrastructure View and click the right arrow beside the Datacenter name.
  2. Click the button to create a new Rack.
  3. Enter the Rack name and click Accept.

5.3 Add a Cloud Node

A cloud node is the physical machine and hypervisor host.

  1. Click the button to create a new Physical Machine.
  2. Enter the IP address. For Cloud in a Box this is the IP address of your machine.
  3. Click Accept to open the create physical machine form at the General Information tab.
  4. Enter the Physical Machine Name and select the Rack.
  5. Go the Network Interfaces Tab and check that the virtual switch for your machine is set to Service Network.

  6. Go to the Datastores tab and Enable the Datastore.
    • Select the storage and if necessary, click the edit button.
    • Mark the Enabled checkbox, and click Accept.

  7. Return to the General Information tab and click Check to check the physical machine.
  8. Click Accept.

For more information about this form, see the Creating Physical Machines page.

The Cloud Node will be attached to the selected Rack and displayed in the tree view of the Infrastructure tab.

6. Add Virtual Machine Templates to the Appliance Library

The Appliance Library stores virtual machine templates that have been downloaded from a remote repository or uploaded from a local machine. These templates are made available to the virtual datacenters. From here an enterprise administrator or user can add the virtual machine template to a virtual appliance for deployment in the cloud.

  1. Open the Appliance Library View by clicking the icon.
  2. Select the Datacenter, then click the button and select the Virtual Machine Template > from Remote Template Repositoryoption.
    • The Abiquo sample Remote Repository is included in the default configuration.
    • If you have custom configuration, click the button and enter the Remote Repository address.
    • The Abiquo sample template repository is at: http://abiquo-repository.abiquo.com/s3direct
  3. Click on the Remote Repository to see a list of the available templates.
  4. Click the button to select and download a virtual machine template from the list.

  • You can download any virtual machine template and a background V2V process will convert it to all formats for deployment in any cloud node hypervisor.

You will see the downloaded template in the Appliance Library.

7. Create an Enterprise

1. Open the Users View by clicking the icon.
2. Click the button below the Enterprises list to add a new enterprise. Enter the name of your enterprise.

3. Click on the Datacenters tab to enable a datacenter for your enterprise. Select a Datacenter and click the arrow button to add it to the Allowed Datacenters list. Click Save to continue.

  1. Back in User's view, click the to add a user, and enter the details for a cloud administrator. Then create an enterprise administrator and a user.

8. Create a Virtual Datacenter

Create a Virtual Datacenter. Enterprise administrators and users create virtual datacenters to organize the infrastructure for providing the cloud service. From here they can create virtual appliances in the virtual datacenter and the Abiquo platform will deploy them to the physical infrastructure based on the Virtual Machine Allocation.

  1. Open the Virtual Datacenters View by clicking the icon.
  2. Click the button of the Virtual Datacenter menu.
  3. Enter a name, and select the Physical Datacenter and a Hypervisor Type.

For more information about changing the default network configuration, see the VLAN customization section in the Manage Virtual Datacenters page.

9. Create and Deploy a Virtual Appliance

9.1 Create a Virtual Appliance

Now you can create and configure a Virtual Appliance. A virtual appliance contains one or more virtual machines.

  1. Select the virtual datacenter.
  2. In the Virtual Appliances tab, click the button and enter the name of the virtual appliance.

The virtual appliance you create will appear in the Virtual Appliances list.

9.2 Add Virtual Machine Templates

  1. Open your virtual appliance
  2. Drag and drop virtual machine templates into the virtual appliance from the list of available and compatible templates.
  3. Save the virtual appliance.

9.3 Deploy the Virtual Appliance

Click the button to deploy the virtual appliance.

It will be powered on, and you can manage it with the control buttons in the lower right corner of the screen.

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