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- Getting Started -

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0 We have created this article to cover many of the key terms you will encounter with RackConnect—to help you better understand how RackConnect works. Next to each term, in...
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When you're creating new Rackspace cloud resources it's important to understand what a region is and how to use regions effectively. What is a Region? A region is a collection of one or more data centers with a low latency,...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0 RackConnect is compatible with our dedicated Managed, dedicated Intensive, cloud Managed Operations, and cloud Managed Infrastructure service level offerings—giving you the ability...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 For the Rackspace Open Cloud offering, the image list for RackConnect customers with Managed Infrastructure has been simplified. As long as your RackConnect implementation is complete, you can select...
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Applies to: RackConnect v3.0. For questions on Rackconnect v2.0, see RackConnect FAQ. Get quick answers to common questions about RackConnect v3.0. Can I allocate multiple cloud networks to a single RackConnect v3.0...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 To create new servers, you can use Cloud Server images that are available in the MyRackspace Portal, the Cloud Control Panel, or the Cloud Servers API. To ensure that you are using a Cloud Server...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0 With RackConnect v3.0, there are no cloud server image restrictions. This means that all cloud server images listed as available in your RackConnect v3.0-enabled cloud account are compatible with...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0 RackConnect v3.0 API Overview Figure 1: "Show code sample" drop-down box at http://docs.rcv3.apiary.io Walkthrough: Adding and Removing Public IP addresses using the RackConnect v3.0 API...
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Load balancers distribute workloads across 2 or more servers, network links or other resources. This distribution maximizes throughput, minimizes response time and helps avoid overload. The following information discusses several...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0 This article provides multiple tables that outline RackConnect v3.0's compatibility with other Rackspace offering. Here are quick links to the table within this article: Table 1: Comparison...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0 There are several methods available for accessing your RackConnected cloud servers; this article provides an overview of some of these methods. Direct access to RackConnected...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0 We have created this article to help you better understand the limitations of RackConnect v3.0. Please view the table below for details on the current RackConnect v3.0 limitations....
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 One of the main benefits of RackConnect is that you do not have to set software firewall rules (IPTables or Windows Firewall) on individual Cloud Servers—you can modify network connectivity between...
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Applies to: RackConnect v3.0 The following table provides a detailed list of the requirements that must be met to implement RackConnect v3.0. RackConnect v3.0 Requirements Requirement...
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You can access the RackConnect Management Interface from the MyRackspace Portal.  To view your RackConnect configuration, click Network > RackConnect.On the RackConnect page, you can add a Cloud account to your...
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**Applies to:** RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0 RackConnect is the innovative hybrid connectivity offering from Rackspace that enables you to select and combine the best features of Rackspace dedicated and cloud hosting...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 In order to build a hybrid hosting solution that leverages the security of dedicated servers with the flexibility and service offerings of the Rackspace Cloud, you need to use RackConnect to allow...
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Applies to: RackConnect v3.0 RackConnect v3.0 includes an enhanced API that lets you accomplish the following tasks: Seamlessly add and remove Cloud Servers from your load balancer pools List your available load...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 In order to Implement RackConnect, the following are required: Supported Network Device - The RackConnect automation is compatible with any Cisco ASA firewall (5505 Security+ or better) or F5 Big-IP...
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Applies to: RackConnect v3.0 Important: The beginning of each RackConnect article now includes an Applies to label to indicate whether the contents apply to RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0, or both versions of RackConnect...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 The 2.0 version of RackConnect added new automation and security features, including:Support for next generation Cloud Servers: Rackspace Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack. RackConnect API: that...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0, OnMetal Cloud Servers Rackspace now supports OnMetal Cloud Servers with RackConnect. This means you can now enjoy the benefits of OnMetal Cloud Servers—single-tenant, bare-metal, API-driven—combined...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 Note: this article is a high level overview of RackConnect v2.0. For more technical information on RackConnect, see What are the requirements for implementing RackConnect?. RackConnect gives you the...
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Account Services

The Rackspace Cloud Terms of Service refer to standard and non-standard images.  This article provides more detail about those terms. Standard Images Standard images are all the base images supplied by Rackspace for...
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Please click here to view The Rackspace Cloud Terms of Service. Please click here to view the Mail Hosting Services Terms of Service.
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API

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 This article details the recommended RackConnect Operational Limits to use when building multiple Cloud Servers through the Cloud Servers API. IMPORTANT: These limits are guidelines and might not...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 Programmatically querying the RackConnect Automation status of your Cloud Servers can help you determine when a new Cloud Server build has completed the RackConnect Automation process and is fully...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 The RackConnect API provides a way for you to access certain read-only information about your Cloud Servers and their RackConnect configuration. The RackConnect API is available to all...
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FAQ

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 Does RackConnect support cloud servers that are part of a Cloud Network? RackConnect support for Cloud Networks is available as of January 16, 2013. IMPORTANT: Can I attach/detach a Cloud...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 What are RackConnect Automation Features? The RackConnect Automation Features are three (3) Automation Features that were not initially available to customers that upgraded from RackConnect 1.0, but...
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IMPORTANT: This article only applies to RackConnect customers that were upgraded from RackConnect 1.0!  If your RackConnect account was not originally configured with RackConnect 1.0 before being upgraded, then please...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 This document outlines recommendations and cautions based on customer feedback with RackConnect. Recommendations Use RackConnect Network Policies to make changes to network access for your...
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Linux IPTables

By default, RackConnect Automation takes complete control of the iptables software firewall on your Linux Cloud Servers, using it to enforce your configured Network Policies for those network connections that do not traverse your...
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Linux Tools

You've built your base server and are about to take an image of it.  If only there were some way to know whether the RackConnect portion of the build process would succeed before you spent the time necessary to create the...
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Load Balancing

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0 IMPORTANT: Due to only having a highly-restricted ServiceNet option available for RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v3.0 does not support the Cloud Load Balancers offering. For more...
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Managed Operations

Standard images are images supplied by Rackspace and supported for your Rackspace Cloud account's type and service level.  The distinction between standard and non-standard images is described in detail in the Knowledge...
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Performance

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v3.0, RackConnect v2.0 The following charts provide a detailed comparison of the network devices available for use with your RackConnect configuration. RackConnect and RC are used interchangeably...
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Programming

Ruby Version Manager (RVM) is a command-line tool that enables you to easily install, manage, and work with multiple Ruby environments. RVM includes the Ruby interpreter and RubyGems to enable users to work on projects with...
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Server Management

[myrack]:https://my.rackspace.com/ "MyRackspace Customer Portal" If you want to add Rackspace Cloud to your dedicated hosting environment, you can create a new cloud server from the MyRackspace® Portal. 1. Log in to the...
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As our cloud infrastructure continues to grow, Rackspace is implementing two new blocks of IPv4 addresses in our ServiceNet network.  With this new expansion, we will be able to add over 1,000,000 new IP addresses to support...
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RackConnect Auto NAT is a new feature available to RackConnect 2.0 customers that have Automation Features enabled.  It provides the ability to allocate a set of pre-routed dedicated public IP addresses for use with new...
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SSL

Each Cloud Server comes with a single private IP address.  When leveraging RackConnect, if you need direct access to the Cloud Server from the Internet, you can utilize the public IP assigned to your RackConnected Cloud...
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Uncategorized

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 IMPORTANT: These compatibility listings are general guidelines.  Please view the links provided or please contact your Support Team for further details and caveats. RackConnect Compatibility...
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APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0 Objective This document is meant to be used by RackConnect "power users". Power users typically use the API to build new servers and need to be able to spin up large numbers of servers quickly. For...
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IntroductionWith advancements in technology infrastructure, WiFi availability and application performance, the mobile web is faster than ever. In spite of these improvements, mobile devices sometimes hit dead zones...
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IntroductionWith the benefits of cloud undeniable, enterprises are moving more aggressively toward growing cloud investments. Many startups and SMBs have had the benefit of beginning their IT journey in the cloud era, making...
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Windows Tools

You've built your base server and are about to take an image of it.  If only there were some way to know whether the RackConnect portion of the build process would succeed before you spent the time necessary to create the...
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