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About SSH Keys

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Create a unique SSH Key (secure shell) so that you can SSH directly into a machine.  The SSH key is passed directly into an instance in order to provide root login access to the machine via SSH.  Once an instance is launched, you can typically find it inserted into /root/.ssh/authorized_keys

For security reasons, when an SSH Key is created, Amazon will only send the key material of the SSH Key to the user once.  Therefore, SSH Keys that are generated inside the Dashboard will have key material, whereas SSH Keys generated outside of RightScale will not have any key material.  However, you can manually add the key material for one of your SSH keys inside the Dashboard.  The Dashboard will always display all SSH Keys associated with an account, regardless of whether or not they have key material.  You can still launch an instance inside the Dashboard using an SSH key that does not have any key material, but you will not be able to SSH into the instance or use any of RightScale's convenient features such as bundling, backups, automation, etc.  Without knowing the contents of the SSH Keys, RightScale will not be able to access your instance to perform such tasks. 

NOTE: When you launch an instance, be sure to select an SSH Key that contains key material.   (Key material = yes)

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Select an SSH Key to view/edit the actual key code.  The private key code can only be seen by the user who created the SSH key.

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