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Abiquo 2.3

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Cloud administrators manage the physical infrastructure (represented in Abiquo as a set of physical datacenters) from the Infrastructure view. To view and manage datacenters, click the Infrastructure button at the top of the main screen.

  • To view datacenter Resource Usage in the right pane, click on a datacenter in the list in the left pane.

  • To open a datacenter to view and edit its servers, network, storage and allocation rules, hold the mouse over the datacenter name in the list, then click on the arrow button that appears beside the datacenter name.

  • To create, remove or modify a datacenter, use the buttons at the bottom of the datacenters list, as described below.

Users with the Manage datacenters privilege can perform the following operations:

Button Action
Create a new Datacenter
Remove an existing Datacenter
Edit the selected Datacenter

Creating a Datacenter

API Documentation

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

To create a new datacenter, enter the name and location of the datacenter, and the location of the remote services that are deployed as part of the Abiquo platform.

The basic fields of the Create Datacenter form are:




The name of the datacenter


The physical location of the datacenter

Remote Services

API Documentation

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

Because Abiquo is based on a distributed architecture, the Remote Service interface configures the different elements of the distributed architecture that will be used by a datacenter to provide the IaaS cloud. The remote services used by Abiquo are described in the following table.

Remote Service


Virtualization Manager

Manages virtual appliance startup and shutdown. Connects to cloud nodes to perform virtual machine operations.

Monitor Manager

Performs virtual appliance monitoring. Listens for events occurring in cloud nodes and updates virtual machine state.

Appliance Manager

Manages the virtual machine images, appliance library and image repositories.

Discovery Manager

Used to auto-discover physical machines. Retrieves hardware information, hypervisor type, and existing virtual machine information.

Storage Manager

Manages external storage in a standardized way.

Business Process Manager

Performs asynchronous Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) operations.

DHCP Service

This is the DHCP service used to assign IP addresses to the Abiquo managed virtual machines. Since Abiquo 2.0, this service is optional to allow for unmanaged networks.

Optional DHCP Server from version 2.0

You can now configure virtual machines on unmanaged networks to receive their configuration from a DHCP Server outside the Abiquo Platform. These machines can run in a datacenter without a DHCP Server for the Abiquo platform. On all other types of networks, the DHCP Server is essential to the proper functioning of virtual machine networking.

Remote Service Fields

For each Remote Service complete the following fields, then click Check to test the remote service connection. 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 to copy the same URL for all remote services.

Remote Services Field



The protocol used to connect to the remote service


The address of the remote service


The port used to connect to the remote service. The default port is 80


The context where the remote service is published

You must enter an accessible (public) IP for the Remote Services servers. Abiquo uses these addresses for intermodule communication between the distributed components of the platform, so you cannot enter localhost or The icon will be displayed when the IP format has been verified.

Do not create a Datacenter without all the Remote Services running

On the Create Datacenter form, you should check the remote services by clicking the Check button for all the URLs you have entered. You cannot deploy machines without all the remote services running. Thus we strongly recommend that you do not create a datacenter until all the remote services are up and properly configured.

Datacenters Cannot Share an NFS Repository or Appliance Library

Each datacenter MUST have its own NFS repository configured for its own Appliance Library. This is done at Remote Service level. See repositoryLocation in the Abiquo Configuration Properties.

The Virtual Factory, Virtual System Monitor and Appliance Manager Remote Services cannot be shared across datacenters. This is because these remote service configurations include the NFS repository or Appliance Library of the datacenter.

Open the Datacenter After Creation

Mark the checkbox.

Modifying a Datacenter

API Documentation

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

To modify a datacenter, click on the datacenter name, then click on the configuration button at the bottom of the datacenter list. The following image shows the pop-up for modifying a datacenter. The information that can be entered in this pop-up is identical to that for creating a datacenter, even though the format is different.

The following actions are allowed in the remote services tab:



Add a remote service to the datacenter.

Remove the selected remote service.

Check the status of the selected remote service.

Edit the selected remote service.

Deleting a Datacenter

To delete a datacenter, first delete any virtual datacenters defined within it. For more information, see Manage Virtual Datacenters.
Then click the remove button in the bottom-left part of the DATACENTERS screen.


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