The easiest way to get started with Google Compute Engine is to create a virtual machine instance in the browser tool that Google Cloud Platform offers, the Google Cloud Platform Console. For this quickstart, you will also use the instance to host web content.
Each instance has either a Linux or Windows operating system. Select an operating system for your new instance. If you aren’t sure which operating system you need, we recommend that you follow the Linux Getting Started Guide.
Linux Getting Started Guide
Sign up with Google Cloud Platform, create an instance with a Debian Linux operating system, and install Apache 2 to host a simple web page.
Windows Getting Started Guide
Sign up with Google Cloud Platform, create an instance with a Windows Server operating system, use Windows PowerShell to install Internet Information Services (IIS), and host a simple web page.