Compute Engine

Release Notes

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

Current version: v1

Release history

  1. May 18, 2015
  2. May 13, 2015
  3. May 08, 2015
  4. May 04, 2015
  5. April 30, 2015
  6. April 29, 2015
  7. April 27, 2015
  8. April 23, 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. February 04, 2015
  1. January 20, 2015
  2. January 13, 2015
  3. December 23, 2014
  4. December 17, 2014
  5. December 10, 2014
  6. December 08, 2014
  7. December 02, 2014
  8. November 19, 2014
  9. November 13, 2014
  10. November 04, 2014
  11. Archived release notes

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.

February 04, 2015


Added UUIDs to virtual machine instances that can be queried through the dmidecode tool. For more information, see Identifying an instance through the UUID.

January 20, 2015


Local SSDs are now in General Availability and can be used by all projects and users.

January 13, 2015


Released new instance stop() and start() features in Beta. See Stopping an instance and Restarting a stopped instance for more information.

December 23, 2014


Added instructions for Importing an AMI image into Compute Engine.

December 17, 2014


Ubuntu images are now in General Availability.

December 10, 2014


Added new Windows images alias to gcloud compute. You can now specify the latest version of the Windows image by providing the following flag with your instance or disk creation request:

--image windows-2008-r2

For more information, see Starting a new Windows virtual machine instance.

December 08, 2014


Windows 2008 R2 is now available in Beta to all users and projects. Additionally, we've also added support for Microsoft license mobility.

December 02, 2014


Added support for local SSD in all zones, except us-central1-b and europe-west1-a (which is deprecated).

November 19, 2014


gcloud version 0.9.37 and higher now has support for local SSD flags without an additional repository download. Additionally, the command-line flags have changed for creating local SSDs. For more information, see Local SSD.


Added support for shutdown scripts in Ubuntu images.

November 13, 2014


Released new shutdown script feature in Beta for image versions v20141007 and newer. Shutdown scripts allow users to execute commands, on a best-effort basis, right before an instance is terminated or restarted. For more information, see Shutdown scripts.

November 04, 2014


Lowered pricing for persistent SSD and persistent disk snapshots. See Persistent disk pricing for more information.


Lowered network pricing. See Network pricing for more information.


Autoscaler is now available in Beta and available to all users and projects. See Autoscaler for more information.