Google Compute Engine is compatible with several Linux and Windows operating systems. Public images provided by either Google or third-party vendors are available and ready to use.
Operating systems with support from Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine provides support for the following operating system images:
|Operating system||Documentation||Support channel||Compute Engine image||Notes|
|CentOS||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
|Debian||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
|SUSE||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
|Ubuntu LTS||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
|Ubuntu||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
|Windows Server||Website||Google Compute Engine team||
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|
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:
These operating systems are preconfigured by the operating system vendor to automatically apply security patches and system upgrades. Some updates might require an instance to restart before the updates can fully take effect.
Automatic updates apply system upgrades only for minor versions, and do not upgrade instances between major versions of the operating system. RHEL and CentOS instances automatically update their installed packages in addition to the security patches and system upgrades.