Abiquo 5.1

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Abiquo offers these features in the public cloud integration with Microsoft Azure RM (ARM) Compute.

The platform supports basic SKUs for load balancer and public IP resources. It does not support standard SKU resources.

Azure RM may require separate credentials for groups of regions. For example, for regions in China the user will need separate credentials and they should select the appropriate provider, such as "Azure (CHINA)".

Azure uses the VM Name and the Resource Group to identify a VM.

  • You cannot change the VM Name of a VM that is running in Azure
  • The VM Name must be unique in the Resource Group (the public cloud region in the platform)

In v5.0.1+, the platform uses the VM label (or friendly name) as the Azure VM Name

  • When you create a VM, the default VM label is the VM template name.
  • Before you deploy, you can edit the VM label
  • The platform will check that it meets the Azure naming criteria

Do not delete the abiquo-name tag with the ABQ_uuid value

  • The platform uses it to identify the VM in Azure
  • To display the tags in the Azure portal, see the instructions in the Azure documentation

Azure ARM Feature



Configure and remove VMs


When you deploy, you’ll select the hardware profile. The Name of the VM in Azure is the platform's VM label (friendly name). It must meet the Azure naming criteria and you cannot change it after deployment.

Onboard templates(tick)To search for templates in Azure ARM, the format for a template ID is /Subscriptions/{subscription}/Providers/Microsoft.Compute/Locations/{region}/Publishers/Canonical/ArtifactTypes/VMImage/Offers/{offer}/Skus/{sku}/Versions/{version}

Reconfigure VMs


  • You can edit deployed VMs to: attach and detach firewalls and load balancers, change hardware profiles, and reconfigure NICs
      • The platform may require you to power off a VM to make changes to multiple vNIC configurations that were created in the Azure portal
      • You cannot change the order of NICs on Azure after you deploy a VM

Power on VM



Power off VM


 Abiquo supports power off and deallocate of VMs. A deallocated VM is in the OFF state, and it has the "deallocated" attribute is set to "true".

Reset VM


Pause and resume VM



  • Volumes are Azure Managed Disks. Users can onboard and create volumes, and attach them to VMs
  • After users detach volumes from VMs or delete VMs, the synchronization process will make the volumes available in the public cloud region
  • Users can move volumes between virtual datacenters and release them to the region
  • Azure does not support premium storage for some hardware profiles. The platform does not enable you to configure VMs with premium storage

Take a VM snapshot


The Abiquo instance functionality has been disabled in Abiquo 4.7.0 pending further development.

Remote access


Depending on template type, for example:

  • RedHat: template user/password
  • Ubuntu: Using your SSH key registered in Abiquo, or template user/password

Create and delete networks


  • Each Abiquo VDC will map to an Azure ARM virtual network
  • An Abiquo private network will map to a subnet in the VDC network
  • Users can allocate and assign public IPs (as in AWS)
    • The platform will onboard and synchronize dynamic public IPs
    • The platform supports basic SKU public IPs. It does not support standard SKU public IPs
Create and delete VPNs(tick)Site-to-site VPNs, for example, from private cloud (NSX) to Azure, and from Azure to Azure

Create and delete VDCs


  • Abiquo will not be locked to a single resource group and will be able to manage and onboard existing resources regardless of the resource group they belong to
  • Each Abiquo VDC will map to an Azure ARM virtual network

Create and manage firewall policies


  • The platform supports one firewall per VM
  • When onboarding VMs, if the VM and firewall are not in the same VDC, the platform will not assign the firewall to the VM
  • Azure allows users to create deny rules in their VM firewalls. Abiquo synchronizes firewall policies with deny rules but it does not display the deny rules, and it will not allow you to edit the firewall rules.
  • Abiquo does not synchronize Azure firewalls that use application security groups.

Use Chef


Enterprise Chef or your own server

Use Chef attributes



VM bootstrap scripts(tick) 
VM variables(tick)Stored as node metadata.

Load balancing


See Azure load balancers table

Import and synchronize VMs(tick)

To onboard VMs, the enterprise must have credentials registered.

VM monitoring and metrics(tick)
  • Abiquo supports monitoring with Azure built-in metrics
  • You can also use the Abiquo monitoring server and Abiquo collectd plugin, which can be installed using the Abiquo Chef cookbook. See Use collectd plugin for custom metrics 
Dashboard billing widgets(tick)

The Hybrid tab of the Home dashboard view can display public cloud billing information, including the latest bills and estimated bill. See Hybrid and for configuration instructions see Display cloud provider billing data

High availability(tick)
  • Manage Azure Availability Sets
  • All of the VMs in an availability set must be in the same Azure Virtual Network, which means they must be in the same Abiquo virtual datacenter.
  • To attach Azure VMs to a load balancer, you must add them to the same Availability set.