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  1. sharing snapshots and images across accounts

    it's simple - company can have more accounts to care for client - and has one prepared snaphost

    I don't see a way how can share it for some another users - like "aws" has already

    it's just choose who else can read it - that's all

    Q can you add that ?

    Bruno

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  2. start instance on request - sleep on low cpu load

    it would be great somehow start instance if I requested their resources

    for example - I have "plex in cloud" - most of time I don't needed, and time to time I use it - clean time for example 20h of 730h/month

    run and stop machine from shell is too much for non tech people - also not userfriendly and not independed from various client devices

    so would be great allow machine go to some super hybernation wait for "http req" and then "wake it up" - or there would be some process to boot it up --- and after…

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  3. rename project id

    if I forgot or mistaken name "project id" I cannot change it - it would be nice to either random generate it or allow rename it - otherwise I have to create new project and "somehow" move all manually to the new project and we all know that "moving" is not easy at all

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  4. Add internal IP support to gcloud compute scp command

    This functionality is present in the ssh command.

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  5. Rename confusing VM Instance "reset" menu option to "hard restart"

    I found "reset" option under the "VM instances" list, right click on an instance menu highly confusing. It would be more intuitive to call it "hard restart".

    Some (me and my colleague) then saw the option and initially thought about it as a way to reset a host to the state right after the instance creation. Not as "hard restart"

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for your feedback. “Naming is hard,” as they say. :/ While we’ll definitely take your feedback under consideration, it is not highly likely that we’ll change this unless we get a ton of feedback on it, because it has been this way a long time, and changing the wording at this point would add even more confusion for our users who used to know it the other way. Also note, the word comes from the model that the button on a real machine is called “reset.” What you’re talking about of “reverting” an instance to its clean state would be a different feature akin to “restoring to a snapshot” or re-creating the disk from the Image, essentially.

  6. Please offer AMD EPYC instances at 10% discount

    We want options to select an AMD instance at a lower rate compared to Intel

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  7. Updating php

    I am using bitnami version of wordpress and I am looking forward to updating the php version of this which is 7.0.31 to 7.2+ , but there is no option to do this as far as I know. An easy solution to updating php to the latest could be a great feature as is known with shared / other hosting companies.

    Otherwise GCP is awesome

    11 votes
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  8. Multiple Schedules for Scheduled Snapshots

    Allow multiple active scheduled for Scheduled Snapshots

    e.g.

    Hourly with 48 hours retention
    Daily with 30 day retention
    Monthly with 12 month retention

    All against the same disk, to allow us to replicate traditional backup strategies.

    7 votes
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  9. Automatic Snapshot of any particular disk

    Automatic Snapshot of any particular disk. Icould see a button to create automatic snapshot, but it seems it is taking snapshots of all disks in the project. There should be one more column which ask to schedule automatic snapshot of particular disk.

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  10. 4 votes
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  11. Please let us add more storage...

    Even after the 65536 Limit

    I can’t seem to add other drives EVEN after quota increase

    Also I usually get lot of errors making big VMs due to availability

    Please please improve

    I want at least 100Tb storage as external!

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, as you mention 64TB is the current limit for total attached storage capacity, regardless of how many disks you use. We’re always considering improvements and will update this item if we and an increase to our plans.

  12. Restoring a VM to snapshot

    There is a VM on GCP.
    We will take a snapshot of the disk of that VM. And name it as Restore point 1.
    Now after 10 days I want to take my system back to Restore point 1.

    There is no way of doing that.
    Only one way around is to delete this Instance and create new instance with the Snapshot taken. This can lead to following issues- Internal IP address might change. So to resolve this issue, there should be some feature by which one can restore the machine to an older date

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    We’ve just released a feature to GA which allows you to detach and re-attach boot disks to GCE VMs.

    Using this feature, you may now restore a VM from snapshot by:

    1. Stopping the instance – (e.g. gcloud compute instances stop INSTANCE_NAME —zone INSTANCE_ZONE)

    2. Detaching the boot disk from the VM in question ($ gcloud compute instances detach-disk INSTANCE_NAME —disk DISK_NAME —zone INSTANCE_ZONE)

    2. Creating a disk from the snapshot in question

    3. Attaching the disk from step 2 to the VM as the boot disk ($ gcloud compute instances attach-disk INSTANCE_NAME —disk NEW_DISK_NAME —boot —zone INSTANCE_ZONE)

    After restore, the VM will keep its IP address and other properties (e.g. tags, labels, etc.).

    See more info about the feature in the docs:
    https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/disks/detach-reattach-boot-disk

    Down the road, we’re also planning to improve this flow to be “one-click easy.” More updates to come.

  13. Reset & Delete buttons should be moved and colored

    In [VM Instances] etc...
    The quick access buttons [Reset] & [Delete] should be moved to the far right on the bar and/or coloured red rather than blue.

    Reset is also a confusing name, should be Hard Reset or Image Reset...

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  14. Ability to transfer the reserved static ip addresses to another GCP project I own

    When transferring k8s cluster to another gcp project due to billing issues, we had to release and reserve the new static ip addresses. But the old ones we had whitelisted on several endpoints, updating which takes quite a while. It would be great if we could just transfer those ip addresses to another gcp project we own.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, we’ve shared this suggestion with the feature team so they may consider it for their backlog.

  15. fix error returned from deployment-manager delete

    deployment-manager delete returns error when it shouldn't. I do have active account selected.

    gcloud deployment-manager deployments delete my-depl --configuration=vm.yaml --project=$MYGCPPROJECT
    The following deployments will be deleted:
    - my-depl

    Do you want to continue (y/N)? y

    ERROR: (gcloud.deployment-manager.deployments.delete) You do not currently have an active account selected.
    Please run:

    $ gcloud auth login

    to obtain new credentials, or if you have already logged in with a
    different account:

    $ gcloud config set account ACCOUNT

    to select an already authenticated account to use.
    user01@-SRVC-LTOP-01:~/gcp/gcp_deployment$ gcloud config get-value account
    latenite4@gmail.com
    user01@
    -SRVC-LTOP-01:~/gcp/gcpdeployment$ gcloud config get-value project
    focal-dolphin-676
    user01@**-SRVC-LTOP-01:~/gcp/gcp
    deployment$…

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  16. TPU profiling integration with GCP TPU instance page?

    It wold be cool if on the Compute Engine > TPUs > TPU instance detail page you could just click a button to capture a profile and see the results there on that page alongside other info already there.

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  17. You should tell us what is the pricing for disk image.

    When I am creating the disk image, I am telled I would be priced, when I follow the link to this doc, it is hard to find the section I want, and even no message for how the disk image is priced.

    https://cloud.google.com/compute/pricing?hl=enGB&ga=2.134124622.-1554852137.1550303826&gac=1.57327960.1550305602.CjwKCAiAhpjBRAxEiwAXbniXQOT-nejMOub1Lb2qh1KAgqRM9uvQflsS221sK0cq63GLz9QfwtIaxoCRgAQAvD_BwE

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  18. Add ability to reduce boot disk size

    It would be nice to be able to reduce boot disk size. Currently there is easy way to increase disk size, but not to reduce.

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  19. Auto applying GCP sizing recommendations for Compute instances based on a label or metadata value.

    Auto applying GCP sizing recommendations for Compute instances based on a label or metadata value. For ex: we can either use a label or metadata value like "auto-apply-recommendations" and set the value to True or False and based on this, Google should auto-apply the sizing recommendation.

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  20. Include Cloud DLP API in the list of APIS to whitelist under "Identity and API access".

    Identity and API access whitelisting should include Cloud DLP API, but it isn't there. The only way to use it is to enable all apis.

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