Chapter 4. Network Providers

Red Hat CloudForms has introduced a new provider type called Network Managers. This new provider type exposes software-defined networking (SDN) providers starting with OpenStack Network (Neutron), Azure Network, and Amazon EC2 Network. The software-defined networking inventory collection is enabled for OpenStack, Amazon and Azure providers. The OpenStack Network provider collects inventory of floating IPs from OpenStack so that IPs can be allocated without querying OpenStack database every time. Also, it refreshes all Neutron data from both OpenStack and OpenStack Infrastructure, and extracts the Neutron logic to a shared place. Note that management via the network providers configuration is currently disabled.

4.1. Adding or Viewing Network Providers

Note

All supported network providers, that is OpenStack Network, Azure Network, and Amazon EC2 Network, are added or removed automatically upon adding or removing the respective cloud provider.

To view network providers:

  1. Navigate to NetworksProviders to see a list of all network providers, along with information such as Name, Type, EVM Zone, Number of Instances, Subnets, and Region. Click on a network provider from the list to see additional information about the network provider, and its relationship with the cloud provider, on the summary page.
  2. Alternatively, click on a cloud provider to see the cloud provider details and its relationships such as Network Manager, Tenants, Instances among others. In Relationships, click Network Manager to see information about the network provider, and its relationship with the cloud provider, on the summary page.

4.2. Refreshing Network Providers

Refresh a network provider to find other resources related to it. Ensure the selected network providers have the correct credentials before refreshing.

  1. Navigate to NetworksProviders.
  2. Select the network providers to refresh.
  3. Click Configuration (Configuration), and then Refresh Relationships and Power States (Refresh Relationships and Power States).
  4. Click OK.

4.3. Tagging Network Providers

Apply tags to network providers to categorize them together at the same time.

  1. Navigate to NetworksProviders.
  2. Select the network providers to tag.
  3. Click Policy (Policy), and then Edit Tags (Edit Tags).
  4. Select a customer tag to assign from the first list.
  5. Select a value to assign from the second list.
  6. Click Save.

4.4. Removing Network Providers

Although network providers are added or removed automatically upon adding or removing the respective cloud provider, you can manually remove a network provider if it is no longer in use. This will remove the network provider from the VMDB and any relationship with the cloud provider.

  1. Navigate to NetworksProviders.
  2. Click the network provider to remove.
  3. Click Configuration (Configuration), and then Remove this Network Provider from the VMDB (Remove this Network Provider from the VMDB).
  4. Click OK.

4.5. Viewing a Network Provider’s Timeline

View the timeline of events for instances registered to a network provider.

  1. Navigate to NetworksProviders.
  2. Click the network provider you want to monitor the timeline for.
  3. Click Monitoring (Monitoring), and then Timelines (Timelines).
  4. From Options, select the event type, interval, customize the period of time to display and the types of events to see.

    • Select Management Events or Policy Events from the Show list.
    • Select an Interval between Hourly and Daily.
    • Select Date.
    • If you selected Daily for Interval, set the number of days in the past to see the event timeline for. The maximum is 31 days back.
    • Select Summary or Detail for Level.
    • Select the required Event Groups from the lists you want to monitor the timeline for.

You can also assign policy profiles to network providers, or remove them. The method for doing so is similar to that of any normal policy profile. See Assigning Policy Profiles to a Network Provider and Removing Policy Profiles from a Network Provider in the Policies and Profiles Guide.