To provide you with quick start instructions for managing basic Amazon Web Services assets in the RightScale Dashboard.
|Register AWS with the RightScale Dashboard||Import a base ServerTemplate from the MultiCloud Marketplace||Launch a Server|
First you will need to register your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud account with RightScale so that you can use the RightScale Dashboard to manage your AWS cloud resources.
Note: If you have never signed up for an AWS account, you will need to carry out that one-time pre-requisite step. To do so, please see Sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS) tutorial, then return and carry out the three steps in this tutorial.
Prerequisite: In order to add AWS, you must be an 'admin' user of the RightScale account.
To add access to the AWS public cloud so that you can launch instances in EC2, navigate to Settings > Account Settings > Clouds. Click Connect to a Cloud. Then click Amazon Web Services and click the (+) icon next to Add AWS Cloud.
Next, you will need to provide the following AWS Credentials. You can find your credentials when you're logged into your AWS account (http://aws.amazon.com). If you are using IAM, be sure to use the security credentials associated with the 'RightScale' user. If you need help finding the security credentials, see Sign-up for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Enter the information and click Continue.
Next, RightScale will query AWS for all of the cloud resources that currently exist for your AWS Account Number (if available). You will then be prompted to create a couple AWS resources that are prerequisites in order to launch an EC2 instance (EC2 SSH Key and EC2 Security Group). It's recommended that you keep the default names for these cloud resources and click Continue to create each cloud resource.
After the default resources have been created you should have valid AWS cloud credentials associated with your RightScale account.
If you plan to bundle instance to create Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) using the RightScale Dashboard, you will also need to upload your AWS Account's x.509 Key and Certificate. Click one of the edit (pencil) icons under the Action column for one of the AWS Regions.
Expand the "Show Advanced" section and enter your key and certificate information. If you need help finding this information, see Sign-up for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Copy and paste your x509 Certificate and Key values. Click Continue.
Import a ServerTemplate. Although many ServerTemplates from the Multi-Cloud Marketplace work in AWS, for this tutorial please use the "LAMP All-In One Trial with MySQL 5.5". That ServerTemplate is the "blueprint" for the Server you will launch in the next and final step. Log into the Dashboard and follow the steps below.
Once imported, the ServerTemplate and associated RightScripts are considered part of your "local" collection.
Note: If you have problems finding the ServerTemplate, here is an example full URL (below). You can click on that URL, click Open in Dashboard and then import the ServerTemplate instead of the steps above. http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/LAMP-All-In-One-Trial-with-MyS/lineage/15403
Add and launch the Server that is based on the ServerTemplate you just imported. Click the "Add Server" action button. This will start the Add Server Assistant.
The Server Details dialog is split into two windows: Hardware on the left, and Networking on the right. Provide the following information for each:
The Confirm tab provides a detailed summary of the server you're about to create in the cloud. If you are satisfied with your selections, click Finish to create the server.
After confirming your server creation, you are automatically placed in the correct deployment, viewing the server you just created.
Congratulations! You just launched your first server in AWS using the RightScale Dashboard... in 3 easy steps! In approximately 5-10 minutes your server state should progress from "pending" to "operational". Don't forget to terminate your server when finished using it to avoid any unneccessary charges.
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