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Connect Cloud Servers to Dedicated Servers using RackConnect 2.0

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To connect Rackspace cloud servers to dedicated servers using Rackspace RackConnect technology.

NOTE: This document only applies to RackConnect 2.0.


  • A RightScale account with valid Rackspace credentials.
  • 'actor', 'designer' and 'library' user role privileges

NOTE: Windows ServerTemplates currently do not support RackConnect on Legacy or Open Cloud without a professional services engagment. Contact your account manager or for more information.


Rackspace offers a public cloud (Cloud Servers) in addition to their dedicated managed hosting services. RackConnect is a service that allows you to seamlessly link Rackspace Cloud Servers with dedicated servers in the Rackspace managed hosting infrastructure.


This RackConnect script allows new application servers to automatically connect to your database on the managed hosting side upon launch. You can also use the script to connect any type of Cloud Server with a server in the managed hosting infrastructure.

See Rackspace System Architecture Diagrams.


Use the following steps to add the RackConnect script to an application ServerTemplate so that any servers that are created and launched with that ServerTemplate automatically connect to your dedicated hosted database server. The same steps can be slightly modified for similar scenarios where Cloud Servers connect to dedicated hosted servers.

  1. Create the following RightScript to enable password authentication on your RackConnect instance. See Create a RightScript.
    sed -i -e 's/PasswordAuthentication no/PasswordAuthentication yes/' /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    sed -i -e 's/PermitRootLogin without-password/PermitRootLogin yes/' /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    service sshd restart
  2. Add the new RightScript to your ServerTemplate as the first boot script in the list.
  3. Use the modified ServerTemplate to create an application server in a deployment or server array. See Add a Server to a Deployment or Create a Server Array.
  4. Go to the created server or server array and enter the following tagmetadata:RackConnectLBPool=<your_pool_name> where <your_pool_name> is provided to you by Rackspace Support.
  5. Define any missing inputs that are required to launch the server at the deployment level.
  6. Launch the Server.

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