Resource location requirements

Overview

In Smart Tools, a resource location is an instance of a virtualization platform, a private cloud, or a public cloud and is the default destination for all blueprints that you deploy. Blueprints contain all the deployment information for provisioning an application or service. When you deploy a blueprint, the machines required for the application or service are provisioned to the resource location you specify.

Required components

To set up a resource location with Smart Tools, you need the following components:

  • A private or public cloud running on a supported host platform on premises or a supported cloud service provider.
  • A server that has the Citrix Smart Tools Agent installed, if your host platform is behind a firewall. This server functions as the connector between Smart Tools and your host platform. For more information about connectors and the agent, see Connector and agent requirements.
  • Public or private keys or credentials required to access your public cloud provider account or private cloud.

Supported platforms

Smart Tools supports using the following platforms as resource locations:

  • Amazon EC2 (Amazon Web Services)
  • Microsoft Azure Classic
  • Citrix XenServer 6.2, 6.5, 7.0, and 7.1
  • Citrix CloudPlatform 4.3 (existing resource locations only)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

About Citrix CloudPlatform support

Smart Tools no longer supports adding new resource locations running Citrix CloudPlatform. However, if you already have CloudPlatform resource locations in Smart Tools, you can still modify the resource location details and create and deploy blueprints to these resource locations. 

Setup information for resource locations

The following table lists the information required to set up each supported resource location with Smart Tools and the blueprints each resource location supports:

Resource location type

Setup information required

VM preparation required

Amazon EC2 

  • Access key ID
  • Secret access key
Not applicable.

Citrix XenServer 

  • Server URL of your XenServer host. For example, "https://XenServer-host-IP-address:80"
  • Username and password for the XenServer host.
  • The name and IP address of the machine you set up to act as the connector.

To use Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs in this resource location, you must prepare a VM template.

For more information, see Prepare Windows Server VM templates for deploying blueprints.

VMware vSphere 

  • Server URL of your ESX host or vCenter server. For example, "https://vCenter-Server-IP-address:443"
  • Username and password for the ESX host or vCenter server.
  • The name and IP address of the machine you set up to act as the connector.

To use Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs in this resource location, you must prepare a VM template.

For more information, see Prepare Windows Server VM templates for deploying blueprints.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server

  • Name or IP address of the Hyper-V Host
  • Windows Domain name (if the Hyper-V host has joined a domain)

OR

  • Server name (if the Hyper-V host has not joined any domain)
  • Username and password of the Hyper-V host
  • The name and IP address of the Windows machine you prepare as the connector between the resource location and Smart Tools.

Note: You can promote a machine in a Hyper-V resource location to act as a connector if:
  • The machine runs a Microsoft Windows Server operating system
  • The machine has at least Microsoft .NET framework 4.0 installed 
You cannot promote a machine to act as a connector if it runs a Linux operating system. You can manage a Linux machine with Smart Tools, but cannot promote it to act as a connector.
To use VMs in this resource location:
  • Prepare a virtual hard disk (VHD) file. 
    A VHD is a hard disk file format of a virtual machine. It can contain disk partitions, file system, data, and structural elements. You can store the VHD file in a location that the host machine can access.
  • Ensure the Hyper-V host can access the VHD file. 

For more information, see Prepare Windows Server VM templates for deploying blueprints.

Microsoft Azure Classic

Microsoft Azure Publish Profile  Not applicable.


For instructions for adding a resource location to Smart Tools, see the topics in the Resource locations section.

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