GCP Classroom Series – 05/Mar/2021

GCE Quick Recap

  • Lets create one ubuntu vm and one centos vm in the default vpc in regions us-central1 and us-east1
  • While creating vm we select boot disk Preview Preview Preview
  • SSH keys for vm instances can be managed at the project level or at the instance level.
  • If you dont want project level ssh keys to be applied to particular vm Preview


  • Your team is building a project which runs on tomcat 9 server, so whenver you need to deploy your application, we need tomcat 9 server to be installed
  • Sol:
    • One approach is create the vm and install the tomcat 9 server every time
    • Create a vm where tomcat 9 is pre-installed
  • To use tomcat 8 image created by others, we can search in market place Preview Preview
  • When you go with marketplace images, there might be software costs incurred on the vm per hour Preview
  • In general, we will use market place for network scanning, firewall etc where organizations pay the costs
  • In this we are expected to build our own image.
  • Lets create a boot disk custom image with tomcat 9 installed.
  • Login into ubuntu 20 server and execute the following commands
sudo apt update
sudo apt install tomcat9 tomcat9-admin tomcat9-common tomcat9-docs tomcat9-user -y
  • tomcat works on port 8080, so we need to create a firewall rule to open port 8080, so create a firewall rule in default vpc to open port 8080 Preview
  • Now we have a vm with tomcat 9 installed, if we can create a reusable boot disk (custom image) from this vm that would be easy for the project Preview Preview Preview Preview
  • Now delete the created vm’s
  • Now try creating a vm instance with tomcat 9 machine image created by you Preview Preview Preview

Exercise: Create one more reusable machine image

  • Refer Here
  • In this documentation, skip mysql installation and firewall adjustments and execute rest of the steps Preview Preview
  • Creation of VM Images can be automated using a tool called as packer Refer Here

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