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  1. Virtual Network SPAN Port/Server

    It would be really awesome if you could assign a specific box to intercept all traffic going through a network. We run our internal infrastructure on GCE and really want to deploy a IDS system with network monitoring. Right now there is no way to setup an IDS in GCE like snort that captures all network traffic.

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  2. Support Chrome Remote Desktop and/or VNC from Windows GCE Images

    Support Chrome Remote Desktop and/or VNC from Windows GCE Images

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  3. Get IRAP Certification in Australia

    In order to host medical data in Australia one must use a certified cloud provider. see https://www.asd.gov.au/infosec/irap/certified_clouds.htm.

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  4. Expand number of cores according to traffic

    Hi
    Start the server with few cores when required we want to increase number of cores

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for the suggestion, we are evaluating this request for future implementation.

  5. Configure Health Check with HTTP authentification basic and expected value.

    I want to use an API URL with basic HTTP authentication in Health Check.

    The API return on / off string.

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  6. send mail using G suite from Compute Engine

    I am using compute engine to host may PHP app, and want to send mail from app from G suit but after researching couple of hours, i just endup with deciding to move service to another host just due to complexity in simple things. At lest make simple these basic things as both are google service.

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  7. Add ability to "force" shutdown/deletion of instance

    When rolling large instance groups, the wait time between the ACPI shutdown signal and the actual removal of the instance from the group is significant (and accrues quickly when performing staggered rollouts).

    It would be great if instances could be "force-killed", since a clean shutdown isn't a requirement in many cases.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, that’s a very valid point – it mixes with another recent item about selecting which instances to take down. The ideal goal would be to quickly takedown any idle instances that don’t need clean shutdown but wait for clean shutdown (completion of request processing) for any busy instances. I’m sharing this feedback with the team for consideration.

  8. add tar functionality to gsutil

    tar functionality is highly appreciated when you've uploaded a tar.gz compressed raw VM image for 6 hours and then get the error message "ERROR: The file inside the tar archive was named 'something-other-than-disk.raw'. It should be named 'disk.raw'. The documentation for importing VirtualBox images doesn't say that using the name 'disk.raw' is required. So now I have to rename the contents of the tar.gz container locally and wait again for 6 hours until the upload has finished again.

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  9. Show estimated pricing of each option as it's selected

    Users should see cearly an estimated pricing as they create or even select these items: disks, DNS zones, snapshots, and even stopped instances (as they may consume disk or IPs)

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, we do this already for VMs, but will consider it for other types.

  10. Deny rules on firewall

    We can deny an ip address(es) excluding the ones we permit. There should be a choice we cloud block the ip addresses we want.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    I’ve passed your feedback to the networking team. Sorry for the delay finding this idea request and responding.

  11. 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.

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  12. Chrome OS

    How about offering a Chrome OS desktop image?

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  13. Complete Image Instance Windows

    We are testing the features of Cloud Computer Engine.
    We did not find an easy way to create a complete Image (including all disks and OS) of a VM Instance.

    In our VM Instance (ge-nv) we have the following disks:
    Ge-nv - Initialization
    Disk-1-bkup
    Disk-1-app
    Disk-1-db
    Disk-1-mongo

    We need a way to create a complete image of the VM above, with all HD's.
    Where, image would be: machine and OS configuration and their respective disks.

    We have this functionality in AWS, where we use to perform full back up of the Instance.

    Without this feature it is impracticable to migrate…

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for your suggestion! There is an idea category here for “backup and DR” that is very popular, and as a result, we are currently gathering requirements to do more about basic capabilities like this.

  14. Sharing snapshots and images across projects

    I don’t know how Google expect the majority of people to use projects in GCE, but we are mainly interested in them as a better way than is available in AWS of dividing resources up between cost centres. We might occasionally end up giving third-parties access to a specific project (e.g. giving a client access to the servers which we run on their behalf), but our main interest in GCE projects relates to internal administration and cost control.

    In this context, it is a nuisance that a snapshot created in one project cannot be used in another project, and that…

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  15. Please add support for Docker swarm

    Docker 1.12 is out with swarm - Amazon already has swarm support (beta) we need this in Compute Engine / Container Engine also. Kubernetes is to complicated and to heavy for smaller projects.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for your suggestion, we will consider your request and share with the GKE team as well.

  16. Committed use discounts for organizations

    It would be nice if we could purchase commitments for an Organization, instead of a project. The Organization could then allocate vCPUs and memory to each project.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, we’re definitely evaluating this, as we heard this suggestion a couple of times (including at one of the first talks I gave on Committed Use at Next).

  17. vnc connection to windows desktop

    I try to config a win2012 server but I only can connect to remote desktop, the google remote desktop not works..

    that is a problem because i only can connect when all works fine in windows.

    I better if I have a vnc connection directly in the website, that helps to debug, fix problems with remote desktop, and gift console access

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    we’ll look into VNC. If you are interested in console access, you have the option of configuring WinRM support on your instance.

  18. Save button should be at top when editing a vm instance

    When you click 'Edit' on the Compute Engine VM Instances page you must scroll to the bottom to save your changes. I think instead of just greying out the 'Edit' button it should turn into a 'Save' button.

    We are lazy and don't want to scroll to the bottom. Sounds easy enough right?

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  19. Support HipChat

    Add the option to deploy a ready HipChat server. Just like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, we’ll investigate. We’d love to have Atlassian products in our Cloud Launcher!

  20. 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

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