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You can onboard virtual resources from public cloud into the platform. If the cloud provider supports virtual datacenter (VDC) entities, such as AWS VPCs or Azure virtual networks, you can onboard them as VDCs and synchronize them. If the cloud provider does not support VDCs, then you can onboard the resources from the public cloud regions, such as RackSpace regions 

Onboard virtual datacenters from public cloud

To onboard a virtual datacenter from public cloud:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters
  2. At the bottom of the V. Datacenters list, click the + add button
  3. Select Synchronize public cloud
  4. On the General information tab, select the region and the resources to onboard 

    LocationSelect the public cloud region to synchronize from the pull down list
    Virtual datacenterSelect the virtual datacenter entity to onboard. In AWS, this will be a VPC. In Azure, it will be a virtual network and its resources.

    If the provider does not support a virtual datacenter entity, the paltform will onboard all of the compatible virtual resources in the region into a default virtual datacenter.
    See classicClick here to display classic VMs that the platform does not onboard

  • On the Roles tab, optionally restrict user permissions in the virtual datacenter




    To limit access to the VDC for cloud users, select a more restrictive role to replace user roles within this VDC. For example, to give users read only access, select the ENTERPRISE_VIEWER role

    User exceptionsTo create exceptions to the VDC role, select a username and an exception role for the user and click Add. The exception will enable all privileges that are included in both the user's role and the exception role

    • The platform will mark the Public subnet (identified by a custom route table and NAT gateway) with a globe symbol and set the Internet gateway flag for this subnet. 
    • Users with bespoke network configurations should check the results of the synchronization. 

    • The platform will synchronize private and public IP addresses even if they are not in use by VMs, and mark the IP addresses in use by provider entities with provider identifiers.

    • The platform will import VM templates. If the platform cannot find the VM template, the VM will have no template in the platform. To save a copy of your VM disk to create a template, so you can recreate the VM, make an Abiquo instance of the VM. 

    If you delete a synchronized VDC, the platform will delete it in the provider. If your enterprise does not have valid credentials for the public cloud provider, when you delete public cloud entities in the platform, they will still exist in the public cloud provider

View classic VMs

To display classic VMs in public cloud:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters
  2. Click the + Add button and select Synchronize public cloud
  3. Select the public cloud region
  4. Click the See classic link

Synchronize VDCs and resources

To update a virtual datacenter and onboard any changes made in the provider, synchronize the virtual datacenter:
  1. Go to Virtual datacentersV. Datacenters list
  2. Beside the virtual datacenter Name, click the round arrow Synchronize button

To synchronize specific resources such as networks, public IPs, and so on:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → select the resource tab
  2. Click the round arrow Synchronize button for the resource. 

For more information, see the resource documentation.

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Screenshot: Synchronize networks

Manage resources that were deleted directly in the cloud provider

When administrators delete resources in the provider, the platform will display the resource name in light gray to indicate that the user cannot work with the resource. The resource types include:
  • External networks
  • Firewalls 
  • Classic firewalls 
  • Load balancers 
  • NAT network
  • NAT IPs

To delete these resources (if they are not in use), select the resource and click the delete button.

Delete or release virtual resources in public cloud

The virtual resources that you onboarded or created in public cloud will be grouped with their associated virtual datacenters.

Before you begin:

  1. If you recently created virtual resources, such as load balancers, synchronize the virtual datacenter to ensure that the platform can find and delete all the dependencies of the virtual datacenter.

To delete onboarded resources in public cloud:

  1. Delete each virtual datacenter
    • You can choose to delete each virtual datacenter in the platform only, or in the platform and the provider. 
    • If you delete in the platform only, the platform will automatically remove VMs, virtual appliances, load balancers, public IPs, and firewalls from the virtual datacenter. The firewalls will remain in the enterprise and you can reuse them.
    • When you delete a virtual datacenter, public IPs that are not used by VMs will remain in the provider and the synchronization process will delete them
    • Remember to check which is the default VDC in your provider, e.g. AWS default VPC, because it may be inconvenient to delete this VPC

If the enterprise does not have valid credentials for the public cloud provider, when you delete public cloud entities in the platform, they will continue to exist in the public cloud provider

Onboard from public cloud using the API

Abiquo API Feature

This feature is available in the Abiquo API. See VirtualDatacentersResource for synchronization and AllowedLocationsResource for retrieval of virtual datacenters and VMs.

Onboard from public cloud regions without virtual datacenters

The platform onboards and synchronizes virtual resources in public cloud regions for providers that do not use virtual datacenters or similar entities, for example, OpenStack clouds and Rackspace. You can only synchronize these providers at the public cloud region level. You cannot synchronize a VDC or an individual resource, for example, a load balancer. 

If your public cloud provider does not support virtual datacenter entities, to onboard virtual resources do the following steps:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters
  2. At the bottom of the V. Datacenters list, click the + add button
  3. Select Synchronize public cloud
  4. Select a public cloud region

The platform will place all VMs and network resources that are not related to existing virtual resources into a generic virtual datacenter. The platform names this virtual datacenter with the same name as the public cloud region, but the user can rename it. The platform will use this virtual datacenter for future synchronizations, adding or removing resources to match the cloud provider.

If there are already virtual resources in the platform for this provider, then these entities will already be part of a virtual datacenter. The platform will check if any new entities in the provider are related to the existing ones in the platform and place them in the existing virtual datacenter.

If the integration with the provider supports entities that are not in a virtual datacenter, such as firewalls, load balancers, or floating IPs, the platform may load these as separate entities.

If conflicts occur during synchronization, the platform will cancel the synchronization. This would occur if two VMs already exist in different VDCs but are related by a firewall or load balancer. Or if two firewall policies or load balancers exist in different virtual datacenters but are related by a VM.