Compute Engine

Release Notes

This page contains release notes for each version of the Google Compute Engine API.

Current version: v1

Release history

  1. September 03, 2015
  2. July 28, 2015
  3. July 15, 2015
  4. July 14, 2015
  5. July 01, 2015
  6. June 29, 2015
  7. June 03, 2015
  8. May 18, 2015
  1. May 13, 2015
  2. May 08, 2015
  3. May 04, 2015
  4. April 30, 2015
  5. April 29, 2015
  6. April 27, 2015
  7. April 23, 2015
  8. April 15, 2015
  9. March 30, 2015
  10. March 25, 2015
  1. March 19, 2015
  2. March 13, 2015
  3. March 12, 2015
  4. March 11, 2015
  5. March 05, 2015
  6. March 04, 2015
  7. February 20, 2015
  8. February 19, 2015
  9. February 05, 2015
  10. Archived release notes

September 03, 2015

Machine Types

32-core machine types are now Generally Available to all users and projects.

Instance Groups and Autoscaler

Instance Groups and Autoscaler are now Generally Available to all users and projects.

July 28, 2015


Debian 8 images are now available to all users and projects starting with debian-8-jessie-v20150710.


Protect data on Compute Engine with your own encryption keys. The Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys feature is now available in Beta for select countries.

July 15, 2015


Updated the User Accounts API to use a new API endpoint:


July 14, 2015


Windows images are now generally available to all users and projects. Commands for managing Windows instances are no longer in beta.

July 01, 2015


  • Released new Windows images, 20150629, that supports service account scopes. This removes the restriction that users must make their startup script publicly-accessible for Windows instances.
  • Added new Python and Java script that can programmatically reset a Windows password. See Progammatically generate a userame and password for more information.

June 29, 2015


Updated the User Accounts service to support the latest Ubuntu images.

June 03, 2015


Updated Windows authentication process. Windows images v20150511 and later will use the new scheme by default. gcloud will now generate a random password for Windows login; it is no longer possible to manually set a Windows password through gcloud but you can set a custom password in the instance. See Understand the WIndows authentication process for more information.

May 18, 2015


Added preemptible instances that you can create and run at a much lower price than normal instances. For more information about how to use these instances in your Compute Engine project, see the preemptible instances documentation.

Machine types

Lowered the price of all machine types in all locations. For more information, see the price sheet.

May 13, 2015


Removed support for running sysprep-oobe-script-* startup scripts on Windows virtual machines. We recommend using windows-startup-script-* keys as replacements. For more information, see Startup scripts.

May 08, 2015


Added documentation for configuring network time protocol (NTP) on virtual machine instances. Make sure you adjust your NTP settings before the upcoming leap second on June 30th, 2015.

May 4th, 2015


Updated activity logs so that the format of the log data is provided in protobuf rather than JSON. See examples in the Activity Logs documentation for more information.

April 30, 2015


Added new User Accounts feature, available in Alpha. User accounts allow you to create Linux user accounts for your virtual machines.

April 29, 2015


Released instance stop() and start() features into General Availability. Additionally, stopped instances no longer count towards your CPU resource quotas.

See Stopping an instance and Restarting a stopped instance for more information.


Upgraded us-central1-b to use Haswell processors. All new virtual machines started in us-central1-b will use Haswell processors by default. Existing instances in us-central1-b have been upgraded from Sandy Bridge to Haswell processors.

See Zones and Machine Types for a full list of available zones and processors.

April 27, 2015


Released new Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet images. See Operating Systems for more information.

April 23, 2015


Added location information about Compute Engine regions. To see specific geographic location of regions, see the Regions & Zones documentation.


Added support for autoscaling with multiple policies.

March 30, 2015


Removed europe-west1-a zone, which was deprecated on October 15, 2014.

March 25, 2015


Added shutdown script support on Windows for Windows images v20150310 or later.

March 19, 2015


Windows 2012 R2 is now available in Beta to all users and projects.

Security bulletin

Released a security bulletin about CVE-2015-1427. See Security Bulletins for more information.

March 13, 2015

Images & kernels

March 12, 2015


Added new us-central1-c zone. us-central1-c zone is a Haswell zone that is now available to all projects and users. For more information, see Zones.


Released new Activity Logs feature in Beta as part of the Cloud Logging service.

March 11, 2015

Machine types

Added new 32-core machine types in Beta. For more information and pricing, see Machine Types and Pricing.

March 05, 2015


Released new moveInstance() feature that moves an instance and its attached disks to another zone. See Moving an instance between zones for more information.

March 04, 2015


VPN is now available in Beta. For more information, see the VPN documentation.

February 20, 2015


Removed the limit on number of API requests per day for all projects. See API rate limits for more information.

February 19, 2015


Added new europe-west1-d zone. europe-west1-d zone is a Haswell zone that is now available to all projects and users.

Currently, europe-west1-d zone offers 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E5 v3 Haswell processors. For more information, see Zones and Machine Types.

February 05, 2015


Released new Debian 7 images v20150127 which performs automatic resizing of root persistent disks up to 2 TB. For more information, see Repartition a root persistent disk.