Getting started as an administrator

Review the information in Configuring Security before you start to perform tasks in IBM® Cloud Infrastructure Center. Next, register the resources that you want to manage. You can register a storage system and hosts, and create networks for use when you deploy images.

When you register resources with IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, you make them available for use in performing tasks within IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, such as hosting virtual machines.

When you unregister resources, wait until the unregister process completes before you take any further actions.

It is important that your environment meets all of the hardware and software requirements and is configured correctly before you register your resources.

  1. Access IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, by opening your browser and typing https://hostname or https://IP_address.

  2. Log in to IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center.

    Note: To register resources, you must sign in with the credentials of a user with the admin role.

  3. On the home page, click the appropriate icon in the left navigation pane. Next, click Add or other icons to change the configuration.

    Configuration options and description:

    • Host: Host type can be either z/VM® or KVM. Add a host will add a compute node into the cloud. After the compute node is added, a virtual machine can be created, deleted and other actions can be performed.

      Normally, this requires administrator type of authority. You might be prompted to accept SSH host key or X.509 certificate.

      Refer to Add hosts for further information.

    • Storage: Storage provider user ID must have sufficient privileges to perform required storage operations such as creating, deleting, and mapping volumes.

      Normally, this requires administrator type of authority. You might be prompted to accept SSH host key or X.509 certificate.

      When you register storage, a default storage template is created. Storage templates enable you to specify the properties of a storage volume, such as thin provisioning and compression. You can create a volume with default templates, or customize your environment by creating storage templates to suit your needs.

      You need to manually allocate the zone on Fabric Switch before you attach volumes to VMs.

    • Network:

      In IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, a network includes information such as how your network is subdivided by using VLANs as well as information about the subnet mask, gateway and other characteristics.

      When you create a network in IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, you must input subnet information. IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center creates an IP address pool that can be used by the virtual machines in the network based on the subnet mask and the gateway IP addresses you provide. IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center allows the IP address type to be static or DHCP on KVM hypervisor, and only static on z/VM hypervisor.

      You can lock an IP address in the IP address pool so that it is not used during deploy. When you deploy an image, you choose an existing network and the network settings are applied to the new virtual machine. Defining networks this way makes it easy for you to correctly deploy images. You might need to talk with your network administrator to gather the information you need to create your networks.