Quickstart Using a Windows VM

This page explains how to create a Windows virtual machine instance in Compute Engine using the Google Cloud Platform Console.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in to your Google account.

    If you don't already have one, sign up for a new account.

  2. Select or create a Cloud Platform project.

    Go to the Manage resources page

  3. Enable billing for your project.

    Enable billing

  4. If you aren't using Windows on your local machine, install a third-party RDP client such as Chrome RDP by FusionLabs.

Create a virtual machine instance

  1. In the GCP Console, go to the VM Instances page.

    Go to the VM Instances page

  2. Click the Create button.
  3. In the Boot disk section, click Change to begin configuring your boot disk.
  4. In the OS images tab, choose Windows Server 2012 R2.
  5. Click Select.
  6. In the Firewall section, select Allow HTTP traffic.
  7. Click the Create button to create the instance.

Screenshot of the VM instance creation window with the required options set

Allow a short time for the instance to start up. Once ready, it will be listed on the VM Instances page with a green status icon.

Connect to your instance

  1. Go to the VM Instances page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

    Go to the VM Instances page

  2. Under the Name column, click the name of your virtual machine instance.
  3. Under the Remote Access section, click the Set Windows Password button.
  4. Specify a username, then click Set to generate a new password for this Windows instance. Save the username and password so you can log into the instance.
  5. Connect to your instance using RDP:
    • If you installed Chrome RDP by FusionLabs, click the RDP button under the Remote Access section.
    • If you're using a different RDP client (including Windows Remote Desktop Connection), click the RDP button's overflow menu and download the RDP file. Open the RDP file with your client.

Clean up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud Platform account for the resources used in this quickstart:

  1. Go to the VM Instances page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

    Go to the VM Instances page

  2. Click the name of the instance you created.
  3. At the top of the instance’s details page, click Delete.

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