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Reminder: ServerTemplates and RightScripts are released separately from the new Release of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. See the ServerTemplate and MultiCloud Images Release Notes.

General Release Information

Release Date: October 27, 2011

Release Time: 9:00pm Pacific

The focus of this release is:

  • Add support within the Dashboard for Amazon's "V2 Release" of their Virtual Private Cloud.
  • Add initial support in API 1.5 for ServerTemplate and Audit Entry manipulation.

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  • alpha - Feature that has undergone simple testing and is expected to change, possibly significantly, before going into "beta" or "general availability." Recommended for early access to new features and prototyping of new deployments/architectures. Only eligible for limited technical support. Service Level Response times are not applicable to alpha software.
  • beta - Feature that has undergone significant testing and is not expected to significantly change before "general availability." Recommended for non-production deployments.
  • general availability - Feature that has undergone testing and field experience or is a minor upgrade from prior releases. Recommended for production upgrade after testing. 


New Features

- Disclaimer -

recently_intro_icon.gifThe following new features have been added to the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Be sure to read the documentation, follow best practice principles, and thoroughly test any new functionality before making any changes to your production deployment.

Support for EC2 Spot Instances in VPC

Spot Instances are now available for adding servers to your VPC. When adding a server to a VPC, the Pricing option in the Server Details tab of the add server flow will offer the options of On-Demand or Spot Instances. If Spot is chosen, you will be able to set your max spot price as well as view the current rates for spot instances for each Availability Zone within the chosen AWS region.

Creating Child Accounts with Provisioning API 

New provisioning calls have been added to the API. Enterprise customers now have the ability to create child accounts through the API. You can configure clouds for a child account using a new resource called "CloudAccounts." For more information, see RightScale API 1.5

Configuring ServerTemplates and MCIs with API 1.5

Configuration of ServerTemplates and MCIs through API 1.5 has been added. This is part of the ongoing effort to recreate Dashboard functionality of ServerTemplates, MCIs and RightScripts. This release enables users to create, update, clone, commit and destroy ServerTemplates through API 1.5. You may also utilize a new resource called "ServerTemplateMultiCloudImages" to manage the MCIs of a ServerTemplate through the API. For more information, see API 1.5 Reference Documentation.

Configuring Audit Entries with API 1.5

The ability to create, read and update Audit Entries is available through the API. Use this functionality to retrieve all the actions of a specified user within the past week. For more information, see API 1.5 Reference Documentation.

Setting Meta-data Fields and RackConnectTM support in Rackspace

Support for setting meta-data fields in Rackspace has been added to the Dashboard. This allows you to configure hybrid hosting with Rackspace, connecting Cloud Servers and Managed Hosting by utilizing Rackspace components such as F5 load balancers and RackConnect. For more information, see Connect Cloud Servers to Managed Hosting Servers using RackConnect.

RCU Estimates in Usage Estimate Reports

RightScale Compute Unit (RCU) reporting is now included in Usage Estimate reports. Please remember that these are estimates, and the final RCU measurement will be included in your month-end bill.

SSH Console Access for Array Instances

An "SSH Console" icon has been added to each running instance on the "Instances" tab of a server array, similar to the icons that are available next to regular servers. Previously, you would have to click on the instance to view the "SSH Console" button.



Support for AWS Virtual Private Cloud

RightScale support for AWS Virtual Private Cloud now covers the v2 capabilities of VPC. For more information, see VPCs.

"Basic Auth" Removed from API 1.0

All new accounts created after this release will no longer have the capability to use "Basic Auth" for all calls. This also includes all existing Free Developer Edition accounts.


Unresolved Issues and Bugs


Many bugs were resolved with this release. If you are interested in inquiring about a particular issue, please contact



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