Abiquo 5.1

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NSX distributed firewall rules can apply to services or protocols. As well as protocols, Abiquo supports Application Services with Application Level Gateway (ALG) access.

NSX provides an extensive list of  protocols and the administrator can configure them for use in the platform and Abiquo will display them as protocols in the firewall rules.

To configure the ALG feature:

  1. Enable the protocols using Abiquo Configuration Properties 
    By default the following protocols are enabled: FTP, SMB, ORACLE_TMS, MS_RPC_TCP, SUN_RPC_TCP

    # Allowed firewall protocols to use services applications (aka  ALG (Application Level Gateway))
    # Collections separated using # delimiter
    abiquo.nsx.firewall.applicationprotocols = FTP#SMB#ORACLE_TNS#MS_RPC_TCP#SUN_RPC_TCP 

    To add more protocols, edit the abiquo.properties file on the Abiquo server and add the appropriate protocol names (see #Listing application protocols)

  2. In Abiquo 4.7.x, specify the protocol mappings in the UI. To do this, edit the client-config-custom.json (for more information, see Configure Abiquo UI). 

    Always set a "port" value of "0" for application services. Any other value will cause a validation error in the plugin

    For example, to add the default Applications in the UI, add the following lines at the top of configure protocols (above "Own TCP rule"):

        "config.protocols" : [
            {"value":"NSX - FTP", "protocol":"FTP", "port":0 },
            {"value":"NSX - SMB", "protocol":"SMB", "port":0 },
            {"value":"NSX - ORACLE_TNS", "protocol":"ORACLE_TNS", "port":0 },
            {"value":"NSX - MS_RPC_TCP", "protocol":"MS_RPC_TCP", "port":0 },
            {"value":"NSX - SUN_RPC_TCP", "protocol":"SUN_RPC_TCP", "port":0 },
            {"value":"Own TCP rule", ....
  3. When users create a firewall rule, they can now select the service. 

    Users can set a "Port range" value of "0" only for application services. Any other value will cause a validation error in the plugin

    Screenshot: Edit firewall rules

Listing application protocols

To obtain a full list of application protocols, send the following request to the NSX:

 curl -k -v -uadmin:password -XGET  "https://myNsx.example.com/api/2.0/services/application/scope/globalroot-0"

This request returns an XML file and you can use the names of the applications to configure the applications in the platform.