Google Compute Engine offers the browser-based Google Cloud Platform Console tool that lets you manage your Google Compute Engine resources through a graphical interface. Use the Cloud Platform Console to manage your resources if you prefer using a user-interface through the browser.
This document briefly describes how to access the console and describes some unique features that the console offers.
Access the console
The console provides:
- Easy access to all your Google Cloud Platform projects.
- Access to the Google Cloud Shell.
- A customizable project dashboard, with an overview of Google Cloud resources, billing, and a filterable activity listing.
- Easy access to all Google Cloud Platform APIs, with a dashboard specific to each API, and access to manage your resources.
- Links to Google Cloud Platform starting points, news, and documentation.
Generate REST requests
When you create a resource using the Cloud Platform Console, Google Compute Engine also shows the REST request that is used to create this resource. This is a good way to view a sample REST request or to build your own REST request using a graphical interface. To see an example of this:
- Go to the VM instances page in the Cloud Platform Console.
- Click New instance.
- Specify your desired parameters for the instance.
- Click Equivalent REST at the bottom of the page to view the REST details for creating your new instance.
Generate gcloud commands
When you create a resource using the Cloud Platform Console, the console
generates the equivalent
gcloud command that would perform the same action;
you can copy and paste the command into a terminal and use the command to
create the same resource with
gcloud instead of the console.
For example, you can fill out the properties to create a new virtual machine
instance on the Create a new instance
page, and then click on Equivalent command-line at the bottom of the
page to get the
gcloud command for creating the instance.
This is an easy way to create complex
gcloud commands if you want to use
gcloud but aren't sure which command and flags would make the request you
want. This can also be useful if you are unfamiliar with
gcloud and want some
gcloud commands to start with.
Some common Compute Engine actions are:
- Managing SSH Keys
- Creating a non-root persistent disk
- Creating a root persistent disk
- Using persistent disks snapshots
To get additional help with the console, read the help documentation located at the Google Support page.