You can run your Windows applications on Compute Engine and take advantage of many benefits available to virtual machine instances such as reliable storage options, the speed of the Google network, and Autoscaling.
Compute Engine provides several tools to help bring your Windows applications and services to the cloud:
- Use Windows Server images to create instances with a basic Windows environment upon which you can build your applications. For Windows Server 2019, 2016, and 2012 R2 images, you can select from either the Windows Server with Desktop Experience or Windows Server core configurations.
- Use SQL Server images to start instances that have Windows Server with SQL Server preinstalled. Pay for both Windows Server and SQL Server licenses only when you use them. Windows Server images receive per-second billing and SQL Server images receive per-minute billing.
- Run .NET applications on your Compute Engine instances.
- Deploy Active Directory to your instances and bring your domain services to the cloud.
- Run IIS web servers to host your web content on Windows instances.
- If you have existing licenses for SQL Server or other applications that run in a Windows environment, use your existing Microsoft application licenses through the Microsoft license mobility program.
If you are new to Compute Engine, follow the Windows quickstart to learn how to create Windows virtual machine instances using the Cloud Console. Create an instance with a Windows Server operating system, use Windows PowerShell to install Internet Information Services (IIS), and host a simple web page.
Windows Server is a server operating system from Microsoft. You can create instances with Windows Server images to run applications that are specific to Windows. Compute Engine offers several versions of Windows Server.
Bring existing Windows client licenses to Compute Engine by bringing your own license with sole-tenant nodes and importing your image as a virtual disk. Similar to bringing your license with Windows Server, you must continue to manage license and compliance yourself. For more information about Windows client support, see Windows client.
Learn about pricing for Windows Server images.
Learn about pricing for SQL Server images.
Learn about the licensing options for Microsoft software on Compute Engine.
Learn more about the operating system images that Compute Engine provides.