Testing Guidelines for VM Solutions

Solution listing

Component Description or Requirement Example Solution
Solution Name The official product name that you use in your marketing materials should be used for the solution name.
Do not specify the billing type (i.e., usage-based or BYOL) in the solution name, UNLESS you have both a usage-based and a BYOL listing for the same solution. In this case, specify in the solution name of the BYOL listing that it is BYOL.
Partner Name This should be the official company name that you use in your marketing materials.  
Tagline This should be a phrase, not a sentence (no period at the end). Avoid using a sales tone in the tagline. Instead, construct a short phrase that describes the solution. This should be a tagline for the product itself, not the partner offering it. Example
Overview & About Partner:
Overview The overview should include an in-depth description of the product and its key features. This should be an overview of the solution itself, not the partner offering it.

Proofread for any spelling or grammatical errors. Avoid using a sales tone.
Learn More Link The overview section includes a "Learn More" link that launches to a page on your own site. This link should be specific to the product being listed on Marketplace. Example
About Partner This section should provide a description with information about your company, including your company focus, mission, or history.

Proofread for any spelling or grammatical errors.
Tech Stack:
Category Choose one or more categories that are relevant to the solution. Do not select "Other" as a category unless there is no relevant category that fits the solution type. Example
Version This should display the solution's correct version, and must be formatted with dots (i.e. 10.4.6). Example
Operating System The base OS on the image must be listed in the OS section of the tech stack. Example
Package Contents List any software components included in the solution image. (Optional, but recommended) Example
Tutorials & Documentation:
Getting Started Guide Every solution on Marketplace must have a link to a Google-specific Getting Started Guide. The Getting Started Guide must include screenshots walking the user through deploying the solution on Marketplace. This should describe the ideal deployment configuration for the solution, and any actions needed to get the solution up and running.

The Getting Started Guide must be hosted on your own website - not included as a linked PDF or document.
Additional Documentation Any additional documentation - like user guides, drivers, architecture diagrams, etc. - should be linked here. Example
Maintenance & Support:
Support Text This section should include support resources - such as a support email address or phone number - and/or support instructions for the given solution. Example
Support Learn More Link This links directly to a support resource on your site where the user can easily get support for the solution. This should not be the same as the general Learn More link from the Overview.
Terms of Service:
EULA Link Almost every partner should have a EULA to include here. Example
Link Format All URLs and email addresses displayed in any section of the solution listing should be clickable hyperlinks.
Search Keywords Search keywords will be reviewed as part of the standard Partner Portal review process. Keywords should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Must be directly relevant to the solution being listed.
  • Must not include brand names or product names licensed by competitors of the solution.

Image & deployment

Component Description/Requirement Documentation
All software must included on the image The image must include all software required to use your product, so that your image can be scanned for vulnerabilities. This also prevents customers from launching an incomplete image. Build your VM image
Admin Password If there is an admin portal used in your solution, the password must be randomly generated for each instance.

For security, you cannot use a default password and ask users to change it. Users also cannot create their own passwords.

Please see our documentation for steps to set and retrieve automatically-generated passwords.
Setting and retrieving application user credentials
License Keys Each VM image must have two license keys attached to it.

1) OS license (already present on base VM image)
2) Software license (added by partner)

You can check that the license keys are present with the following command:

curl -s -H "Metadata-Flavor: Google" http://metadata.google.internal/computeMetadata/v1/instance/licenses/?recursive=true
Create the base solution VM
OSPO Compliance The license text and source code must be present on the image in the location you specified in your OSPO compliance doc. Ensure that the license text and source code is present for every required component. Open source compliance
Next Steps It almost always makes sense to list 1-2 Next Steps for the user to get started with your solution.

These should be concise instructions for completing first-time configuration steps.
Clean VM Image Your final image should be clean of any unnecessary user accounts and SSH keys. Please remove these when you are done with development. Step 5: Create the base solution VM
Firewall Rules Open as few ports as possible for your solution to function. If you need to open many additional ports, please let us know why.
Default Machine Configuration The default machine selected should be performant enough to handle your solution, but as low-cost as possible for the user.
Connect Button Text By default, the Connect button reads "SSH" for all solutions, regardless of the operating system. For Windows-based solutions, please change this to read "RDP". This is configurable in Partner Portal.
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