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View EC2 Instance Details


View the details of a running EC2 Instance from the RightScale Dashboard


  1. Click the RightScale Logo (or navigate to Manage > Instances & Servers)
  2. Select the Instance Nickname you want to view (Hint: use the Filter by option if there are many running Instances)
  3. Action buttons and Instance details are displayed (see Tab level information below for more information)
  4. This page shows you detailed information about your Server.


The available action buttons under Clouds > AWS Region > Instances are:

  • SSH Console - Open an SSH terminal into the instance using the settings configured in Settings > User Settings > SSH.
  • RDP - (Windows Images only) You will need to run the Terminal Services ActiveX Client to gain remote access into the instance. Note: You must use Internet Explorer to RDP into an instance.
  • Terminate - Terminates the instance.
  • Reboot - Reboots the instance. We recommend launching fresh new servers with your ServerTemplate instead trying to reboot a troublesome server. In the cloud, you always want to "roll forward."
  • Instance Lock - Similar to deployments, you can also 'lock' a single instance. When an individual instance is locked, it cannot be moved, terminated, rebooted, or relaunched. The lock status is indicated by the small 'lock' icon next to the instance nickname, and the instance can be locked or unlocked by clicking this icon.

Note: Normal cloud instances do not have a "stop" action within Rightscale for EBS backed instances. Only Rightscale servers using an EBS backed image will have the option to perform a stop/start of the instance.

Info tab

The Info tab is accessible from the Clouds > AWS Region > Instances > Info tab and it is the default tab selected when you click on an instance link. The tab shows general information about the server, including all cloud-specific information (IP address, security group(s), SSH key, etc).
Warning! Be careful when changing a running server's Elastic IP address. You do not want to accidentally steal an Elastic IP from another frontend server or send traffic to the wrong server. Once an Elastic IP is assigned to a new server and has time to settle, all traffic will be routed to that server.

Audit Entries tab

The Audit Entries tab is accessible from the Clouds > AWS Region > Instances > Audit Entries tab. From this tab, you may view a real-time changelog of actions that were performed on your server. For example, actions like running scripts or recipes, attaching EBS volumes and launching/terminating the server will all display relevant audits in this tab.

Volumes tab

The Volumes tab is accessible from the Clouds > AWS Region > Instances > Volumes tab and lists the Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes that are currently attached to the Server. You can also attach a new or existing volume or existing snapshot as a new volume from this tab.

Console Output tab

The Console Output tab is accessible from the Clouds > AWS Region > Instances > Console Output tab and shows generated meta-data that is useful for troubleshooting. The host of an EC2 instance captures the console output and "posts" it to the EC2 management server from where it can be retrieved and displayed.
There are a few details you should know about the console output:

  • The console output is posted a few minutes after a server is booted or shutdown. EC2 does not provide a running console output.
  • Only the last 64KB of the console output is posted.
  • If you reboot an instance, the console output will be posted twice: shortly after shutting down the OS and shortly after it comes up again.
  • Posted console output is only guaranteed to be retained for one hour (so you may not be able to see the boot messages of an instance that was launched a long time ago).
  • Click the Reload button to observe the last output data, which includes the timestamp and output size. EC2 will be queried each time the button is clicked.
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Edited this because of DOCREQ-819. Took info from here: instead of doing some convoluted reuse.
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