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Compute Engine

Operating Systems

Google Compute Engine is compatible with many operating systems and distributions. You can use any operating system images offered by Compute Engine or you can create a custom image.

There are a number of operating systems that are currently available and ready to use on Compute Engine. These operating systems are provided by Google or by a third-party vendor. For more information, see the Images documentation.

The following two tables describe operating systems that are known to work with Compute Engine. The first table lists operating systems that are supported by Google Compute Engine. The second table lists operating systems that are community-supported.

For more information about each operating system, see the Linux or Windows documentation.

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Operating systems with support from Compute Engine

For the following operating system images, you can get support with Google Compute Engine.

Operating system Documentation Support channel Compute Engine image Notes
CentOS Website Google Compute Engine team centos-7-vYYYYMMDD
centos-6-vYYYYMMDD
Debian Website Google Compute Engine team debian-7-wheezy-vYYYYMMDD
backports-debian-7-wheezy-vYYYYMMDD
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Website Google Compute Engine team rhel-7-vYYYYMMDD
rhel-6-vYYYYMMDD
Premium
SUSE Website Google Compute Engine team sles-12-vYYYYMMDD
sles-11-sp3-vYYYYMMDD
Premium
Ubuntu Website Google Compute Engine team ubuntu-1410-utopic-vYYYYMMDD
ubuntu-1404-trusty-vYYYYMMDD
ubuntu-1204-precise-vYYYYMMDD
Windows Server 2008 R2 Website Google Compute Engine team windows-server-2008-r2-dc-vYYYYMMDD Premium
Windows Server 2012 R2 Website Google Compute Engine team windows-server-2012-r2-dc-vYYYYMMDD Premium

Operating systems with support outside of Compute Engine

For the following operating system images, you can get support with the resource listed under Support channel.

Operating system Documentation Support channel Compute Engine image
CoreOS Website CoreOS forums

coreos-stable-XXX-X-X-vYYYYMMDD
coreos-alpha-XXX-X-X-vYYYYMMDD
coreos-beta-XXX-X-X-vYYYYMMDD

FreeBSD* Website FreeBSD forums Import instructions
openSUSE Website openSUSE community opensuse-13-2-vYYYYMMDD
opensuse-13-1-vYYYYMMDD
SELinux* Website Community Wiki Import instructions

*Compute Engine does not manage these operating systems and any questions or costs would be determined by the corresponding operating system community.

Operating systems that update automatically

Instances update automatically if they use public images for the following operating systems:

Automatic updates apply security patches and system upgrades to your running instances. RHEL and CentOS instances automatically update their installed packages in addition to the security patches and system upgrades.

Automatic updates apply system upgrades only for minor versions, and do not upgrade instances between major versions of the operating system.

Instances with private images do not update automatically by default.