Experimenting With Google Cloud

Mongoose’s Log (01AUG20)

So I’ve been using Ubuntu as my primary OS for for some time now however, my day to day work is in a Windows environment. One of the challenges I’ve been looking to overcome is using up local resources for running a virtual machine.

To that end, I’ve decided to explore a project wherein I’ll import a VMWare machine into the GCP platform. Google has a pretty generous free trial period that allows this along with good documentation on how to migrate over.

The only challenge I’ve run into is a quirk about installing the GCI command tool. The issue here is tied to me using Zsh instead of the native Bash. Fortunately that was an easy fix via running this command – source ~/.bashrc – Credit to nvcken on  StackOverflow for the fix –  https://stackoverflow.com/users/2082948/nvcken

Right now, I am uploading the image to the coud. For those interested in following along with me, here’s Google’s tutorial –https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/import/importing-virtual-disks#console – Also here’s the link to StackOverflow with the afore mentioned fix – https://stackoverflow.com/questions/31037279/gcloud-command-not-found-while-installing-google-cloud-sdk/32475281#32475281

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Mongoose’s Log (04AUG20)

So through the above steps, I learned that Google’s platform doesn’t support importing Windows 10 instances. Fortunately, you can very easily create a Windows Server 2019 virtual machine in GCP. For my purposes, this is exactly what I needed. 

The steps are very easy and Google has chat support. If you’re looking to experiment with this, please check out Google’d documentation – https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/instances/windows#windows_client

Here’s a good YouTube video on this subject – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5wl1s5gKY0

I’ve only been using my machine for a few days now, but so far, I am very happy with its performance and it’s been a perfect alternative to running a local vm instance on my Linux box.

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