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To define how a user can work with resources, each user has a role with a group of privileges that allow access to different cloud features. You can create roles for each group of users such as cloud administrators, resellers, tenant administrators, standard users, and so on.

In addition, to define the resources that a user can view, access, and administer, each user also has an administration scope. And the user's enterprise has a list of allowed datacenters and public cloud regions that users can work in.

You can match user roles to OpenID, AD, or LDAP groups and when the platform will automatically create users and assign them the matching roles.

For information about the Abiquo concepts of enterprises and users, see Users in the Abiquo Walkthrough. 

API Documentation

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

Privilege: Access Roles and Scope screens

To manage roles, go to Users → Roles. By default, you will see the Global roles that are available to all enterprises and the platform will display them with "(Global)" after the name. To display the enterprise roles that belong to a specific enterprise, select the enterprise.

Create or modify a role

Abiquo provides a set of default roles and you can clone and modify them to create new roles. See Default roles. See Privileges for a list of the privileges for each role.

Privilege: Access Roles and Scope screens, Manage roles, Manage global role

A user can only have one role, but a role can be associated with multiple OpenID, AD or LDAP groups. To clone a role, click the clone button. By default the new role will have "Copy:" added to its name, for example, "Copy: CLOUD_ADMIN".

To create or modify a role:

  1. Go to Users → Roles
  2. Click the + Add button or Edit button and complete the following dialog.



Role name

The name of the role. Local roles in different enterprises can have the same names


The enterprise that a local role belongs to

Make this role global

To create a global role that can be used in all enterprises, mark the Make this role global checkbox.

External Roles

The corresponding external roles, e.g. LDAP group, for the user. Required in external authentication modes (openid, ldap). A user's external roles must map to a single role (local or global). See LDAP and Active Directory Integration and Abiquo OpenID Connect Integration

After you create or clone a role, select the role name in the list and edit the privileges as required, then click Save.

Manage privileges

To modify the privileges of a user role:

  1. Go to Users → Roles
  2. To modify a local role's privileges, select the enterprise that the role belongs to
  3. Select the role from the Roles list
    • You cannot modify the privileges of your own role. For other roles, you can only modify the privileges that are also assigned to your own role
    • You cannot modify the privileges of the default CLOUD_ADMIN role
  4. To add or remove a privilege, in the Privileges pane, click a checkbox beside the privilege 
    • To add all the privileges in a group, click the All privileges checkbox beside the group name
    • Privileges are generally independent, for example, a user whose role does not have the "Access Infrastructure view" privilege will not be able to see the Infrastructure icon in the UI. However, if this user's role has the privileges to "Manage datacenters" and "View datacenter details", the user will be able to access these functions through the API
  5. Save the changes by clicking Save
    • Any other action outside of the Privileges pane will discard your changes, for example, clicking on another role name 

Privileges table

Changes to privileges

Key to Info Column of Privileges Table

(star) = new privilege
(warning) = changed privilege
(minus) = deprecated privilege

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