IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud offers a wide set of cloud computing services including compute, storage, database, networking, and more. It is deployed in data centers across the world and its services can scale to meet the needs of small development teams as well as large-scale enterprises. Morpheus integrates with IBM Cloud to offer virtual machine provisioning, brownfield discovery, and lifecycle management.

Integrating IBM Cloud with Morpheus

Connecting an IBM Cloud account with Morpheus is a simple process requiring only an API key. You can create an API key from the IBM Cloud web console if you don’t currently have access to one.

  1. Navigate to Infrastructure > Clouds

  2. Click + ADD

  3. Complete the following required fields:

  • NAME: A friendly name for the cloud inegration in Morpheus

  • USERNAME: The name given to the API key you’re using the authenticate the connection

  • API Key: The API key value

  • DATACENTER: Select the IBM Cloud data center

  1. Click NEXT

  2. Select a Group for this Cloud

  3. Complete the wizard to save the new integration

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Once the wizard has completed, the new IBM Cloud integration will appear alongside other Clouds currently available in Morpheus. If you’ve selected to automatically onboard existing resources, those will appear shortly.

IBM Cloud integrations also support a number of advanced options which were not discussed as part of the initial integration set up discussed above. For more information on the advanced options, consult the section below.

Advanced Options

DOMAIN

Specify a default domain for instances provisioned to this Cloud.

SCALE PRIORITY

Only affects Docker Provisioning. Specifies the priority with which an instance will scale into the cloud. A lower priority number means this cloud integration will take scale precedence over other cloud integrations in the group.

APPLIANCE URL

Alternate Appliance url for scenarios when the default Appliance URL (configured in admin -> settings) is not reachable or resolvable for Instances provisioned in this cloud. The Appliance URL is used for Agent install and reporting.

TIME ZONE

Configures the time zone on provisioned VM’s if necessary.

DATACENTER ID

Used for differentiating pricing among multiple datacenters. Leave blank unless prices are properly configured.

NETWORK MODE

Unmanaged or select a Network Integration (NSX, ACI etc)

LOCAL FIREWALL

On or Off. Enable to managed Host and VM firewall/IP Table rules (linux only)

SECURITY SERVER

Security Server setting is for Security Service Integrations such as ACI

TRUST PROVIDER

Select Internal (Morpheus) or an existing Trust Provider Integration

STORAGE MODE

Single Disk, LVM or Clustered

BACKUP PROVIDER

Select Internal Backups (Morpheus) or a Backup Integration

REPLICATION PROVIDER

Sets the default Replication Provider for the Cloud. Select an existing Replication Provider Integration

GUIDANCE

Enable Guidance recommendations on cloud resources.

COSTING

Enable for Morpheus to sync Costing data from the Cloud provider, when available. For on-prem Clouds, enabling costing activates a costing service designed to mirror the live costing experience of public clouds, including invoicing with line items and real-time cost data (Operations > Costing > Invoices). If your organization utilizes reserved instances and you want to pull in related pricing data, select Costing and Reservations. If this is not relevant, select Costing to save money on additional calls to the AWS Cost Explorer API or similar service for other clouds.

DNS INTEGRATION

Records for instances provisioned in this cloud will be added to selected DNS integration.

SERVICE REGISTRY

Services for instances provisioned in this cloud will be added to selected Service Registry integration.

CONFIG MANAGEMENT

Select a Chef, Salt, Ansible or Puppet integration to be used with this Cloud.

CMDB

Select CMDB Integration to automatically update selected CMDB.

CMDB DISCOVERY

When checked, any automatically discovered (unmanaged) servers onboarded into Morpheus from this Cloud will also have CMDB records created for them.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Select an existing Change Management Integration to set on the Cloud. ex: Cherwell

AGENT INSTALL MODE
  • SSH / WINRM: Morpheus will use SSH or WINRM for Agent install.

  • Cloud Init / Unattend (when available): (DEFAULT) Morpheus will utilize Cloud-Init or Cloudbase-Init for agent install when provisioning images with Cloud-Init/Cloudbase-Init installed. Morpheus will fall back on SSH or WINRM if cloud-init is not installed on the provisioned image. Morpheus will also add Agent installation to Windows unattend.xml data when performing Guest Customizations or utilizing syspreped images.

API PROXY

Set a proxy for outbound communication from the Morpheus Appliance to the Cloud endpoints. Proxies can be added in the Infrastructure -> Networks -> Proxies tab.

INSTALL AGENT

Enable to have Agent Installation on by default for all provisioning into this Cloud. Disable for Agent Installation to be off by default for all provisioning into this Cloud.

Provisioning Options

PROXY

Set a proxy for inbound communication from Instances to the Morpheus Appliance. Proxies can be added in the Infrastructure -> Networks -> Proxies tab.

Bypass Proxy for Appliance URL

Enable to bypass proxy settings (if added) for Morpheus Agent communication to the Appliance URL.

NO PROXY

Include a list of IP addresses or name servers to exclude from proxy traversal

USER DATA (LINUX)

Add cloud-init user data. Morpheus 4.1.0 and earlier assumes bash syntax. Morpheus 4.1.1 and later supports all User Data formats. Refer to https://cloudinit.readthedocs.io/en/latest/topics/format.html for more information.