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Create a New SSH Key

Objective

To create an AWS SSH Key that you can use in deployments that you set up. 

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Prerequisites

Note that SSH is required to run RightScripts (prior to RightLink enabled images, which are RightImages prior to v5), so setting up your SSH key can be very important.

Amazon SSH keys are EC2 region-specific.  You cannot use an SSH key that you created in EC2-US for an instance in a different region like EC2-EU.  This tutorial assumes you are creating an SSH key for EC2-US.  (Functionally, creating SSH keys for the EU region is similar.)

Overview

Before you can launch your deployment, you need to create an SSH Key in the RightScale Dashboard. 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.

Steps

Create a new SSH Key

Go to Clouds -> AWS Region -> SSH Keys. Click the New action button.

Name the key pair (for example "production") and click the Create action button.

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Copy this key locally to SSH into your instance.

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