Configure an IBM Cloud

Be aware that these screen captures may change based on the IBM Cloud portal changes. They are provided in this section as a point of reference.

Prerequisites

Before mapping an IBM Cloud on the CloudCenter platform, verify the following IBM Cloud requirements:

  • A valid IBM Cloud account.

  • IBM Cloud Account Name: The exact name displayed in the Username column in the IBM Cloud portal's Users page. Copy the required Username and paste it in the CloudCenter CCM UI as specified during the Configuration Process identified below.

  • IBM Cloud Account API Key: This is the API key for this user's account: If you do not have an API key for this account, retrieve the API key at this point.

    Copy this API key and paste it in the CloudCenter CCM UI as specified during the Configuration Process identified below.

    • Already Generated API Key: Access the IBM Cloud portal's Users page. Click View (in API Key column corresponding to the required user).

    • Not Generated an API Key: Access the IBM Cloud portal's Users page. Click Generate (in API Key column corresponding to the required user).

  • Device Name: This is the exact name displayed in the Device Name column in the IBM Cloud portal's Device List page. Copy the required Device name and paste it in the CloudCenter CCM UI as specified during the Configuration Process identified below.

    You MUST launch the CCO in the same cloud region as this IBM Cloud device – you cannot select different regions for the CCO and this device.

  • Images: The CloudCenter platform supports both Image ID and Image Template Name:

    • Image ID: This is the preferred option as it resolves image name conflicts caused by multiple images having the same name. To find the Image ID, navigate to the IBM Cloud portal's Template page and copy the Image ID that similar to the ID highlighted in this URL example: 
      https://control.bluemix.net/devices/images/1838253?imageType=public

    • Image Template Name: This is the exact name displayed in the Image Template Details section in the IBM Cloud portal's Images page. Copy the required Image Name and paste it in the CloudCenter CCM UI as specified during the Configuration Process identified below.

Configuration Process

To configure the logical mapping for an IBM Cloud cloud, follow this procedure.

  1. Access the CCM UI > Admin > Clouds > Add Cloud in the CCM UI main menu.
     
  2. Select the IBM Cloud option, provide a Name and Description for this cloud, and click Save.

  3. Locate the newly-added cloud and click the Add Cloud Account link. The Add Cloud Account pop-up displays:

    1. Assign a new cloud account name.

      Tip

      The name should not contain any space, dash, or special characters.

    2. Add the following Cloud Credentials associated with your IBM Cloud account and click Save.

      1. IBM Cloud Account Name: The IBM Cloud Username identified in Prerequisites section above.

      2. IBM Cloud Account API Key: The IBM Cloud API Key identified in Prerequisites section above.

  4. Click the Regions tab to add a cloud region.

    1. Click Add Cloud Regions.

    2. Select the required regions for this cloud.

    1. Add the Region Name and an optional Display Name for this cloud region.

    2. Click Save.

      The Instance Types, the Storage Types, and the Image Maps sections are automatically populated with as soon as you add the region.

      You can configure these VLAN and subnet settings on a per-deployment basis as listed in Deployment Environments page.

  5. Optional. Click Edit Cloud Settings to update the Domain Name. In the IBM cloud console, the domain name is displayed next to the device name.

  6. Optional. Update the Instance Naming Strategy, Instance IPAM Strategy, or the Node Name Config fields. The Region-Level Cloud Settings section provides more details on configuring these values.

    Caution

    If you Edit Cloud Settings, you must save the changes to the CCO to ensure that these changes are also propagated to CCOs inside a firewall configuration.

    If your CCO is already configured, you must re-register the CCO for these Cloud Settings to take effect.

  7. To complete the cloud configuration, you must register the CCO with the CCM.

     Register the CCO with the CCM

    Register the CCO with the CCM


    Cloud Region Nuances

    Once you register a CCO with the CCM, the CCO only works for the registered cloud region.

    CloudCenter

    Once you register a CCO with the CCM, the CloudCenter platform considers this cloud region to be active and you can only delete the cloud region from the CloudCenter platform under specific conditions. See Cloud Region Configuration > Delete Cloud Region for additional details.

    While the example provided references the AWS cloud, be aware that the screen captures may differ for each cloud.

    Registration Process

    To register the CCO with the CCM, follow this procedure:

    1. In the Configure Orchestrator popup, provide the CCO IP address that is accessible by CCM and select the cloud account that is used to host the CCO:

    2. If you are not already at this page, verify that you are in the Configure Regions page (Admin > Clouds > Configure Regions for the required cloud).

      1. Click Configure Orchestrator in the Regions tab.

      2. Orchestrator IP or DNS: Provide the IP or DNS address for the CCO server.

      3. Remote Desktop Gateway DNS or IP: The IP address of the Guacamole server (enables browser-based access to the VMs). If the Guacamole component resides in the AMQP server, provide the IP address of the AMQP server.

      4. Cloud Account: Select the cloud account that you want to use with this CCO.

        Amazon Cloud Nuance

        This setting is important if you have configured an IAM Role. Be sure to select the cloud account that contains this role.

    3. Click Save. The CCM and CCO have now established a mutual trust relationship. The CloudCenter platform now manages the cloud region with the deployed CCO.

      If in HA mode while registering, provide the IP or DNS of the CCO_LB server in the Orchestrator IP or DNS field and the AMQP_LB server IP or DNS in the Remote Desktop Gateway DNS or IP field.

    You have registered the CCO VM and completed your configuration.

    Next Steps

    You have the following options at this point:


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