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To create a new SSH key, simply provide the key pair name. When you create an SSH key from the RightScale Dashboard/API, its key material will be stored. You must use an SSH with key material in order to SSH into an instance.

Clouds > AWS Region > EC2 SSH Keys > New


SSH Keys are used to establish secure client-server connections via SSH (shell acces) to running instances in the cloud. An SSH Key pair consists of both public and private material. EC2 SSH Keys are also region-specific. When you launch an EC2 instance, you must use an SSH Key that's located in the same region as where you're going to launch the instance.

The Key Fingerprint is the public key fingerprint. It is shorter than the private key, and is used to authenticate or lookup the longer private key. Key Material refers to the encrypted portion of the private key. For security reasons, the private key material is only visible in the RightScale Dashboard to the user who created the SSH Key and users with 'admin' user role privileges. Since Amazon will only send you the private key material once when you create an SSH Key, it's important that you create your SSH Keys from the RightScale Dashboard/API, otherwise RightScale will not be able to capture the private key material. Without key material, you will not be able to SSH into an instance if it's using v4 RightImages. If you've created SSH keys outside of RightScale, they will appear in the list below and you'll be able to assign them to an instance at launch time. However, since RightScale does not have its private key material, you will not be able to SSH into the instance from the RightScale Dashboard. To solve this problem, simply edit the key and manually add its key material.

RightScale's Managed SSH feature will be used to establish SSH access and RightLink will be used to run RightScripts on the instance. You can either use the unique SSH Key that RightScale generates for each user or upload your own SSH Key.

Action Buttons

  • New - Create a new SSH Key pair where Amazon will generate the key pair for you.
  • Import - Create a new SSH Key pair by using an existing RSA key pair.
Clouds > AWS Region > EC2 SSH Keys > Index

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For security reasons, the private key is only visible to the user who created the SSH key pair and users with 'admin' privileges in the account. For EC2 SSH Keys that are created from within the RightScale platform, the private key material will automatically be collected and stored.

The private key material does not have to be present to successfully launch an instance and run RightScripts because Managed SSH (Settings > User Settings > SSH) is used for authentication purposes.

Clouds > AWS Region > EC2 SSH Keys > Show


You should only edit the private key material of one of your own SSH Keys that you created outside of RightScale. The ability to edit an SSH Key is typically reserved for those that need to manually add key material for one of their own keys that they created outside of RightScale so that they can use it on an instance and SSH into it from the Dashboard. You should never have to edit the private key material of an SSH Key that was created in RightScale.

Clouds > AWS Region > EC2 SSH Keys > Edit
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