Credentials provide an efficient way of passing sensitive information (logins, passwords, etc.) to multiple servers. Once a credential is created, it can be used to define input values. In order to create a new Credential you will need 'designer' user role privileges. Only users with 'admin' or 'credential_viewer' privileges will be able to view the stored value of a Credential.
Servers are often launched with software that requires credentials in order to access certain resources, such as your code repositories (GIT/SVN). Any type of sensitive information should be stored as a credential because the stored information will be encrypted and will not be retrievable through the web interface. Access Credentials by going to Design > Credentials
The Credentials Store is separate from your individual cloud credentials and RightScale account information (Settings > Account).
Create a New Credential
Credentials are a great way to protect sensitive information such as login and passwords. They also are very easy to use when setting up your Server Deployments later. If named descriptively, you no longer need to remember every login and password, you simply select them from a drop down menu when setting your Input parameters. Use the following procedure to create a new credential in the RightScale credential store.
- Go to Design > Credentials
- Click New Credential
Provide the following information for each credential.
- Name - A short nickname that helps you recognize the credential.
- Value - Copy and paste the value that you would like to save for this credential.
- Description - A short description about the credential (for internal use only).