Choosing an access method

If you have Linux VM instances running on Google Cloud, you might need to share or restrict user or app access to your instances.

Managing user access

OS Login

In most scenarios, we recommend using OS Login. The OS Login feature allows you to use Compute Engine IAM roles to manage SSH access to Linux instances. You can add an extra layer of security by setting up OS Login with two-factor authentication, and manage access at the organization level by setting up organization policies.

Manage SSH keys in metadata

If you are running your own directory service for managing access, or are otherwise unable to set up OS Login you can manually manage SSH key and local user accounts in metadata.

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