When you manually launch or relaunch a Server in the RightScale Dashboard, you will view an inputs confirmation screen, which shows you a list of all the inputs that will be used by the Server's boot and/or decommission scripts when the Server is launched. Hopefully, values for any required inputs have already been predefined for you prior to you clicking the Launch/Relaunch button and viewing this screen. Remember, as a best practice all inputs should be defined at the ServerTemplate or Deployment levels. See Understanding Inputs.
The inputs confirmation screen is designed to show you all of the values that will be passed in for each input when the related script(s) is executed during the boot and/or shutdown phase. Before you can launch a Server you will need to provide values for any missing inputs. Typically, you will not have to set or change any input values at this time. However, you do have the flexibility to make modifications to your input settings at the inputs confirmation page prior to actually launching the Server. If you do make changes to your Inputs, it's important to understand the difference between the two launch options: Launch and Save and Launch.
So, what's the real difference between these two launch options?
Before you can launch a Server you will need to provide values for any missing inputs.
If any inputs that are used by scripts that are automatically executed for you during the boot and decommissioning phases (boot and decommission scripts, respectively), you will need to provide values for each of these inputs. Any inputs with missing parameter information will be highlighted in red.
If all of the Input information is correct and you do not need to make any final changes, you can click the Launch button.
However, if you need to either provide missing input information or change one of the input's values, you can either click the Launch or Save and Launch button. So, what's the difference between these two actions?
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