To create an SSH Key that you can use in Deployments that you setup.
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Before you can launch your Deployment, you first need to create an EC2 SSH Key. SSH Keys and Security Groups are required components in order to launch an EC2 instance. It's strongly recommended that you only create SSH Keys from the RightScale Dashboard so that RightScale can capture and store the matching private key material. If you've created SSH Keys outside of the Dashboard, you will see them in your list of SSH Keys and you will be able to select and use them, but you will encounter problems if the private key material is missing. In such cases, you can edit and enter the missing private key information.
The SSH key is passed into the new instance to allow root login access to your instance via SSH. Typically you'll find it inserted into /root/.ssh/authorized_keys after the instance is launched. If you launch an instance with an SSH Key pair that was not created through RightScale, then many of our convenient features (bundling, backups, automation, etc.) will not be available to you. Without knowing the contents of the SSH Keys, RightScale will not be able to access your instance to perform such tasks. It's important to use an SSH key that has key material.
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