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Quick Start


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



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



Add Rackspace Next Gen Public

numbered_squares_blue_1.png  First you will need to register your Google Compute Engine cloud account with RightScale so that you can use the RightScale Dashboard to manage your Rackspace cloud resources. 

After logging into the Dashboard, go to Settings > Account Settings > Clouds.  Click Connect to a Cloud.


Next, click the (>) icon next to Rackspace to expand the category, then select the Open cloud you wish to add.

Important! Your first generation Rackspace credentials are compatible with Rackspace Open Cloud. You may reuse your Rackspace first generation credentials for the Dallas and/or Chicago regions. To add both, you must use the same US credentials and add each separately. For the London Open Cloud region, you must use Rackspace UK credentials. 



You will be required to enter the following information:


Enter values for the following fields:

  • Tenant ID: the Cloud Account Number found in your Rackspace Open Cloud console as seen in the next section.
  • Username: the Rackspace username used to login to the Open Cloud console (
  • Password: the Rackspace password used to login to the Open Cloud console (

Obtain Tenant ID


To obtain your tenant ID, you will want to login to the Rackspace dashboard with your username and password at either or https://mycloud.rackspace.comOnce logged in, navigate to Your Account -> API Access, as seen below (for, which is the legacy dashboard):





The Cloud Account Number listed here is your tenant ID. Copy this and insert it into the Tenant ID field in the Rightscale registration process.

NOTE: To locate your tenant ID from the new Open Cloud dashboard at, login and navigate to the top right corner -> API keys. Alternatively, simply look at the top right corner, and your tenant ID should be right next to your account name.


Once all credentials are entered, you will receive a confirmation page.


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Click "Continue" and you will now have a fully working Rackspace Open Cloud account integrated into Rightscale. Repeat the process for both the Open Dallas and Open Chicago cloud using the same US credentials if you would like.

Check the cloud status

On the same Clouds tab or on the Cloud Credentials widget in the Overview tab, you may check the status of your cloud.

  • Cloud Controller displays the status of your cloud.
  • Cloud Account displays the status of your cloud credentials.

Both of these items must be valid and active (green) in order to successfully launch cloud servers:






Import ServerTemplate

numbered_squares_blue_2.png  Import a ServerTemplate.  Although many ServerTemplates from the Multi-Cloud Marketplace would work, for this tutorial use the "Base ServerTemplate for Linux".  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 and 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 "Rackspace NextGen" from the Cloud drop-down menu
  • 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 for Server Name, MultiCloud Image and Instance Type.
  • Networking
    • Select the "Default" Security Group
    • Select an available "Datacenter / Zone" (e.g. us-central1-a)
  • 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 Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB) (v13.0)

Congratulations!  You just launched your first server in RackSpace NextGen using the RightScale Dashboard... in 3 easy steps!  In approximately 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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