Quickstart using a Windows Server VM

Learn how to create a Windows Server virtual machine (VM) instance by using the Google Cloud Console.

For step-by-step guidance on this task directly in Cloud Console, click Guide me:

Guide me

The following sections take you through the same steps as clicking Guide me.


  • Windows Server images are premium images, and using them results in additional charges.

  • Windows Server VMs are not included with the Free Trial.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in to your Google Cloud account. If you're new to Google Cloud, create an account to evaluate how our products perform in real-world scenarios. New customers also get $300 in free credits to run, test, and deploy workloads.
  2. In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.

  4. Enable the Compute Engine API.

    Enable the Compute Engine API

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

Create a Windows Server VM instance

  1. In the Cloud Console, go to the VM instances page.

    Go to VM instances

  2. Click Create instance.
  3. In the Boot disk section, click Change to begin configuring your boot disk.
  4. On the Public images tab, choose Windows Server 2019 Datacenter.

  5. Click Select.
  6. In the Firewall section, select Allow HTTP traffic.
  7. Click Create to create the instance.
Creating a Windows Server instance.

Allow a short time for the instance to start. After the instance is ready, it is listed on the VM instances page with a green status icon.

Connect to the VM instance

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, go to the VM instances page.

    Go to VM instances

  2. Under the Name column, click the name of your virtual machine instance.

  3. Under the Remote access section, click Set Windows password.

  4. Specify a username, then click Set to generate a new password for this Windows Server instance. Save the username and password so you can log into the instance.

  5. Connect to your instance using your choice of graphical or command line tools.

Clean up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud account for the resources used in this page, follow these steps.

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, go to the VM instances page.

    Go to VM instances

  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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