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To provide you with quick start instructions for managing basic Amazon Web Services assets in the RightScale Dashboard.



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Add   Import   Launch
Register AWS with the RightScale Dashboard   Import a base ServerTemplate from the MultiCloud Marketplace   Launch a Server




numbered_squares_blue_1.png  First you will need to register your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud account with RightScale so that you can use the RightScale Dashboard to manage your AWS cloud resources. 

Note: If you have never signed up for an AWS account, you will need to carry out that one-time pre-requisite step.  To do so, please see Sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS) tutorial, then return and carry out the three steps in this tutorial.

Prerequisite:  In order to add AWS, you must be an 'admin' user of the RightScale account.

Add AWS Account Credentials

To add access to the AWS public cloud so that you can launch instances in EC2, navigate to Settings > Account Settings > Clouds. Click Connect to a Cloud. Then click Amazon Web Services and click the (+) icon next to Add AWS Cloud.  




Next, you will need to provide the following AWS Credentials. You can find your credentials when you're logged into your AWS account (  If you are using IAM, be sure to use the security credentials associated with the 'RightScale' user. If you need help finding the security credentials, see Sign-up for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • AWS Account Number
  • AWS Access Key ID
  • AWS Secret Access Key

Enter the information and click Continue.

Next, RightScale will query AWS for all of the cloud resources that currently exist for your AWS Account Number (if available).  You will then be prompted to create a couple AWS resources that are prerequisites in order to launch an EC2 instance (EC2 SSH Key and EC2 Security Group).  It's recommended that you keep the default names for these cloud resources and click Continue to create each cloud resource.



After the default resources have been created you should have valid AWS cloud credentials associated with your RightScale account. 


(Optional)  Add x.509 Certificates

If you plan to bundle instance to create Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) using the RightScale Dashboard, you will also need to upload your AWS Account's x.509 Key and Certificate.  Click one of the edit (pencil) icons under the Action column for one of the AWS Regions.  

Expand the "Show Advanced" section and enter your key and certificate information.  If you need help finding this information, see Sign-up for Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Copy and paste your x509 Certificate and Key values. Click Continue.


Import ServerTemplate

numbered_squares_blue_2.png  Import a ServerTemplate.  Although many ServerTemplates from the Multi-Cloud Marketplace work in AWS, for this tutorial please use the "LAMP All-In One Trial with MySQL 5.5".  That ServerTemplate is the "blueprint" for the Server you will launch in the next and final step.  Log into the Dashboard and follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Design > MultiCloud Marketplace > ServerTemplates
  2. Find and select the appropriate ServerTemplate. Browse by categories, perform a keyword search, or use the filter options to find the correct ServerTemplate.
  3. Click Import.

Once imported, the ServerTemplate and associated RightScripts are considered part of your "local" collection.

Note:  If you have problems finding the ServerTemplate, here is an example full URL (below).  You can click on that URL, click Open in Dashboard and then import the ServerTemplate instead of the steps above.

Launch Server

numbered_squares_blue_3.png  Add and launch the Server that is based on the ServerTemplate you just imported.  Click the "Add Server" action button.  This will start the Add Server Assistant.

New Server

  • Select an AWS region from the Cloud drop-down menu (e.g. AWS AP-Singapore... AWS US West)
  • Select "Default" from the Deployment drop-down menu  (Tip:  Alternatively, you could of course select an existing Deployment name.  Deployments are simply containers to organize your cloud assets.  See Create a New Deployment in the Dashboard Users Guide for more information.)
  • Click "Continue"

Server Details

The Server Details dialog is split into two windows:  Hardware on the left, and Networking on the right.  Provide the following information for each:

  • Hardware - Leave the default values.  (Server Name, MultiCloud Image, Instance Type and Pricing.)
  • Network
    • Select a SSH Key.  If you have none, click the New button.  Provide an SSH Key Name (e.g. LAMP SSH Test)
    • Select the "default" Security Group.  All other Network settings you can leave at their default settings.
  • Click the "Confirm" action button when ready


The Confirm tab provides a detailed summary of the server you're about to create in the cloud.  If you are satisfied with your selections, click Finish to create the server. 


After confirming your server creation, you are automatically placed in the correct deployment, viewing the server you just created. 

  • Click the "Launch" action button
  • Note:  With more complicated server setups you would have the opportunity to set Inputs (server variables).  Your server is already configured for you however, so you can simply click the "Launch" action button one last time.
  • The server is launched and you should see a message in the blue banner near the top of the Dashboard similar to:

Launched server LAMP All-In-One Trial

Congratulations!  You just launched your first server in AWS using the RightScale Dashboard... in 3 easy steps!  In approximately 5-10 minutes your server state should progress from "pending" to "operational".  Don't forget to terminate your server when finished using it to avoid any unneccessary charges.

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