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Action buttons

The following is an alphabetical list with definitions of Action Buttons used within the RightScale Dashboard.  It is generic whenever possible, applying to all clouds. However, in some instances the definition is followed with a cloud specific reference in parenthesis.


Add to the existing list of entities.

Add MultiCloud Image

Add a MultiCloud Image (MCI) to a ServerTemplate.  A MultiCloud Image is a RightScale component that functions as a map or pointer to images in specific clouds and/or AWS regions. Each ServerTemplate may reference several MultiCloud Images, with one being the default MCI. The selected MCI for a ServerTemplate automatically selects the appropriate image based upon which cloud for which the Server is configured.  Typically, MCIs are used to group similar (equivalent) images across clouds (or different cloud regions).

Add Server

Most commonly used to add a Server to a Deployment.  Once the Cloud/region is selected, you are prompted for other critical information such as the ServerTemplate to base it off of, what MultiCloud Image to use, a nickname, Security Group, SSH Key, etc.

Add to Deployment

Add a Server (based on a selected ServerTemplate) to a Deployment of your choice. The Server is not automatically launched when you add it to the Deployment.

All 1hr off

Quench all alert specifications for one hour.  During that hour, alert conditions are not evaluated and  escalations are not triggered.  After an hour, all alert conditions will be re-evaluated from the beginning.  (That is, after time expires, the alert will not automatically reappear.)

All 24hr off

Quench all alert specifications for 24 hours.  During that 24 hour time period, alert conditions are not evaluated and escalations are not triggered.  After 24 hours, all alert conditions will be re-evaluated from the beginning.  (That is, after time expires, the alert will not automatically reappear.)


Apply the "Filter by" specifications to the current page.  Once you fill out the "Filter by" drop down menu and optional text section, you must click the Apply action button for it to filter through the contents of the page, restricting the displayed output depending on the criteria you specify.

Apply to Selected

Similar in function to the Apply action button, but used for bulk operations.  The "Filter by" applies to all resources selected on the current page view.  (For example, the Deployment page.)


Archive an entity in the Dashboard.  You can archive a Deployment or a EULA in the Dashboard.  For example, use this whenever you wish to remove a rarely used Deployment from the Deployments index page.  An archived Deployment is not deleted; it is relocated to the bottom of the page under "Archived Deployments."

Attach Blank Volume

Create and attach a blank volume to any new instance or Server that is launched into the Server Array.  The attach can be done either immediately or during the boot process.  Specify the size of the volume in GB.

Attach Snapshot

When you attach a snapshot to a Server Array, that snapshot will be used to create a new volume and attach it to any new instances or Servers launched into the array. By default, the volume that gets created and attached to the instance or Server will be deleted when it is terminated.

Attach on boot time

When you attach a snapshot to a Server, a volume of that snapshot will be created and attached to the Server instance (at boot time).  (AWS EBS)

Clear Queue

Remove all jobs from the queue.  (AWS SQS)


Refers to making an exact copy (clone) of a RightScale component such as a deployment, server, ServerTemplate, RightScript, or alert. To edit a published ServerTemplate or RightScript, you must clone it first.


Creates a new revision of RightScale component, such as a ServerTemplate or RightScript.  You are prompted for a Commit message.  Although optional, best practices suggest entering a descriptive message on commit.  (Note:  Best practices also suggest that you "lock down" a Deployment which typically consists of Commiting ServerTemplates, freezing software repositories, and locking the Deployment and Servers.)

import Alert

Import an alert specification from another Server, private or imported ServerTemplate, or from a list of default alert specifications defined by RightScale. Once an alert is copied, you can modify it accordingly.

Create/Attach Volume now

Create or attach a snapshot to a running Server.

Create/Attach Volume at boot

Create or attach a snapshot during the boot process.


Delete the RightScale component or entity.  For example, a ServerTemplate, Deployment, or IP Address.  When deleting, a confirmation dialog box is always presented.  Note:  In many instances, Delete is either an action button or an action icon (red/white "X").

Delete Queue

Delete the queue.  (AWS SQS)


Take a previously registered AWS AMI off the registration.  Registered AMIs reside in AWS S3.  Deregistered AMIs cannot be seen or used by others.  You do not have to delete a deregistered AMI.  They remain in S3, viewable only by you, not others.  (AWS)


Perform a differential ("diff") by comparing two existing ServerTemplates, RightScripts or MultiCloud Images.  A color coded legend indicates what sections are "added", "removed" and "modified".  Performing a "diff" is often the predecessor to merging the two components you just compared.

Disable All

Disable all enabled alerts.  Alert specifications will no longer be evaluated and alerts escalations will no longer be called.  This can be useful when fully aware of an alert condition, and you need more time in evaluating or troubleshooting the situation.


Download a monthly report of usage information in CSV format. The CSV file includes the following information: Account, Rate, Description (resource you are being billed for), Usage (number and units), Totals.  (Enterprise Accounts)

Download CSV of External References

Exports all Input information at the Deployment level to a CSV file so you can view and report on it from an Excel spreadsheet. The following fields are exported: Input Name, Server Name, Unique Server ID, RightScript/Chef Recipe that uses the Input, Phase (boot, operational or decommission), Input Value, Source (where the Input was defined).


Edit (modify) a specific RightScale component or entity.  A form-based editing page is opened.  Note:  Edit is both an action button and in some occasions a action icon.  The edit icon is a small pencil.

Enable All

Re-enable all disabled or quenched alerts.

Invite Users

Invite RightScale Users to use your account. You can send out invitations on a permanent or temporary basis.  Temporary invitation expire after a fixed time period. You will need to specify the User's email address and the user roles privileges you want them to have when using your account.


Launch an instance, Server or Server Array into a cloud.

Launch VPC Instance

Launch a VPC Instance into the selected Subnet.  (AWS VPC)

List Subnets

View a list of all the VPC's Subnets.  (AWS VPC)


Lock a macro so that it cannot be deleted and its underlying code (Commands tab) cannot be modified.


Merge the differences between two ServerTemplates, RightScripts or MultiCloud Images.  A merge operation is typically preceded by a "diff" operation.  You can preview changes before creating the new component.


Move a Server from one Deployment to another Deployment.  Note that you cannot move a running Server.


Create a new RightScale component (ServerTemplate, RightScript, MultiCloud Image or Macro) or other entity (such as a Deployment, RepoPath, Alert Escalation, Security Group, SSH Key, etc.). What component or entity is created depends on the context within the Dashboard.  Note that some "new" operations have more explicit text within the action button name.  In all of the examples listed above, the action button is simply "New".  However, in some cases such as Server Arrays the specific cloud is included in the text on the New action button.  (e.g. Server Arrays in AWS:  "New AWS AP", "New AWS US-East", etc.)

New Credential

Create a new Credential and store it in the database. Credentials are name/value pairs and provide a means of passing sensitive information (logins, passwords, etc.) to multiple Servers. Once a Credential is created, it can be used to define Input values in any RightScript and ServerTemplate. Examples:  DBADMIN_USER, DBADMIN_PASSWORD.

New Customer gateway

Create your corporate side of the network.  (AWS VPC)

New Revision

Create a new EULA revision for a pre-existing EULA (End User License Agreement).  New EULA revisions do not effect their corresponding older revisions that were previously attached to a RightScale Library component (e.g. ServerTemplate)


Create a new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). You will be presented with a webform to provide a VPC Name, CIDR Block (to define your IP space) and a Description.  (AWS VPC.)

New VPN gateway

Create AWS end of the network connection. (AWS VPC)

New VPN connection

Create the VPN connecting the customer and VPN gateways.


Preview the markdown for a EULA (End User License Agreement).


The last part of the publishing process when using the Publishing Assistant.  All of the information added during the process is assembled and published to the library, either publicly or privately.

Publish to Library

Open the Publishing Assistant to publish a RightScale component privately or publicly to the RightScale component library.  For example, publishing a private ServerTemplate.


Grab the latest cookbooks from the repository.  If you've made changes to your cookbooks, click the Refetch action button to make sure that the latest versions of the cookbooks will subsequently be used. When you refetch the cookbooks an audit entry is created.


Refresh the queue, making sure that up to date information is being displayed.  (AWS SQS)


Run (execute) a Macro.  When you run a Macro you create a copy of the Deployment, Server, and/or Server Array that the Macro was created from, including any defined Input parameters or attributes. When a Macro is run, you are taken through a series of JavaScript prompts in order to define new Security Groups, SSH Keys, and create new Elastic IPs (if necessary).  Note:  Requires 'admin' user role privileges within the current account in order to generate a Deployment from a Macro.


Save all of the field information on a form to the database.  Note:  Previously was the Update button.


Search the contents of private or imported (or both) RightScripts for a specific text pattern.


Update all of the field information on a form to the database.  Note:  All instances of the Update button are being changed to Save.  Save has the exact same function.


Unarchive a previously archived Deployment.  The Deployment is moved from the "Archived Deployments" section at the bottom of the Manage > Deployments index page, and placed back near the top of the page.  Unarchive also works for EULAs (End User License Agreements). 

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