Microsoft software on Compute Engine

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:

Windows quickstart

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 quickstart

Windows Server

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.

Windows client

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.

SQL Server

Compute Engine provides images preconfigured with SQL Server. For information about creating SQL Server VMs, see Creating SQL Server instances.

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