Create and manage Windows VMs

This page details the operations you can perform on a Windows virtual machine (VM). For more information on Windows support in Google Distributed Cloud Hosted (GDCH), see Windows OS support.

Create a Windows Server instance

Before creating a Windows Server VM instance, you must create a custom image by importing a Windows Server 2019 installation disk. For steps on importing the installation disk, see Import virtual disks.

After the custom Windows image is ready, you can create a VM instance from the custom image.

Manage Windows Server VMs

You can also manage user accounts and reset passwords on Windows Server instances using the VirtualMachinePasswordResetRequest custom resource. After you've configured credentials, you can connect to a Windows Server instance using a remote desktop client.

For details on configuring credentials and connecting to Windows VMs, see Connect to a Windows VM.