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  1. 6 votes
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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for the suggestion. We’d love to offer more security features and products in the future, please stay tuned!

  2. Ability to use gcloud without an external IP on the instance

    For security reasons you may not want to have your instance externally accessible (e.g. it is a back-end webserver sitting behind a firewall instance, where the firewall is what people connect to), so you don't give it an external IP. It would still be useful to be able to use gcloud on that instance. Currently the request hangs, with no apparent timeout.

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  3. Would be great to have a UI to manage files from local machine to the instances so we can upload files

    Would be great to have a UI to manage files from local machine to the instances so we can upload files

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Hi, thanks for the suggestion. At this time we don’t install any Google software on the guest that would be well-suited to receiving and storing those files on disk, as many customers would not want that capability (it is a potential security risk that needs to be managed). One mechanism to achieve what you want is to copy files up to Google Cloud Storage, but then you’d have to copy them onto the machine. Another method that customers who want this use would be to install an ftp daemon on the machine (and configure the firewall, etc.)

  4. VM instance labels are really tags

    In the VM instances page, there is an option to edit instances labels. Initially I was confused as to the difference between labels and tags. However, it seems they are the same thing, just different terminology which is super confusing.

    When you add a tag, it adds to labels. When you delete a label, it deletes the tag.

    I'd recommend renaming labels to tags in the web interface.

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  5. Custom description of machines

    I use an orchestration tool that autonames the machines. This makes aligning what the machine is very difficult when looking at the dashboard. I'd really benefit from some editable field I can click into and make annotations on ("GitLab server", "Rails application", etc).

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  6. show uptime in the VM instances list

    In the VM Listing Page, show uptime in the VM instances list.
    This helps in case of autoscaling on, so that we can see how they scaled in last N minites.

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  7. Group pricing history per project

    We've split our GCE hosting into separate projects to get better insights into spending. However the billing history shows all the projects combined and there's no easy way to see a split per project.

    Either the console should allow you to filter or group on project or the exported csv should put the project in a separate field; right now it's in the description as (Source: <project name>). Or both.

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  8. Status icon on main GCE window to enable to check whether user's startup-script is successfully run or not.

    Currently users have to click serial console of each instance after run the instance(s) which startup-script is configured, for example, jupyter server, flask, etc...

    To overcome the lazy action, GCE always check user's startup-script running and show the color status icon on main window of GCE instance list, which explains it outputs error or not.
    RED icon: error occur in user's startup-script
    YELLOW icon: Warning occur in user's startup-script
    BLUE icon: Successfully run!

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  9. Save console output after machine shutdown

    If a machine shutdowns, the serial console log is lost. This makes debugging harder for such cases where the machine shutdowns during boot or otherwise

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    planned  ·  Paul Nash responded

    This will be available via Stackdriver in the near future. We’ll reach out to you to invite you to the alpha test when it’s ready. :)

  10. Access to computers using graphical interface

    When I make a new VM (linux) I would like access to the graphical interface useing some kind of remote desktop feature. But I can't find any description how to do this or how to activate this option. Also it would be easier if one or more VM's have this preconfigured.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks. Probably you want to setup a remote terminal session with X11. There are instructions on how to do this on the web, but note that many system administrators do not want that software installed by default, which is why most of our supported OS images do not include those packages by default.

  11. Give advance warning of preemptible instance 24 hour termination

    It would be great if preemptible instances gave early warning of the 24 hour termination time limit so that another preemptible instance could be started in its place. Essentially what I want is a managed instance group made up of preemptible instances which replace instances preemptively when they see that one is going to be preempted soon, and have the ability to fall back to using standard instances when there isn't spare capacity.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for the suggestion. It might be possible for us to give the standard 2 minute warning in this case. We’ll consider the request.

  12. Alerts based on threshold set or outbound traffic rate

    If a VM gets compromised and used to send large amounts of data to the internet it will be very helpful to have alerts based on an policy set of a maximum amount of GB per VM or maybe alerts based on an usage outside the normal average of a particular VM.

    That will avoid a huge invoice that will definitively impact a company.

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  13. Clarify the use of IAM roles and GCE access scopes in the inline help

    Please add the fact that you need to provide both IAM roles and GCE Access scopes to grant the right permissions to a Service Account to the inline help texts in the Cloud Console.

    You need to set both the right role AND access scope. It literaly took us literally days to find this.

    This is the particular part that cleared things up: https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/access/service-accounts?hl=en_US#usingroles

    This would have helped to have inline or directly referenced to in the inline help text:

    "The level of access a service account has is determined by a combination of access scopes and IAM roles so…

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  14. Canadian Data Centre is Requested

    Many many clients asked us to host their site / app on a Canadian data centre.
    We try to use Google Cloud Platform but only Amazon and Microsoft offer Canadian hosting.

    It would be the best to have the power of Google Cloud on Canadian Data Centres.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks. We are rapidly expanding the number of regions we offer in 2017, and will consider your request in our plans.

  15. 5 votes
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  16. Setting tags http-server https-server do not automatically set firewall rules to open port 80 and 44

    Setting tags http-server https-server do not automatically set firewall rules to open port 80 and 443

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  17. gsutil issues with service account JSON keys

    gsutil issues with service account JSON keys

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  18. Provide which image was used to create the VM instance on interface.

    Just like AWS does with AMIs on EC2 instance description

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  20. Quotas page improvements

    The "Quotas" page should be improved to to enhance the user experience. We have been running out of some resources and it's not easy to figure out why. Some ideas to help improve this page:

    1) Each resource should have a link to what is in use. It is not clear what is using the quota in many instances. It should ideally link back to the cluster that is using it in addition to the ID of the resource.

    2) There should be a way to easily identify anything that is no longer in use. We can see under the…

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, good suggestions. We’re currently revamping quota management, and users might notice we’ve launched a new page under the IAM Admin section of the console (and the old page points there with a link). Over time we expect to make further improvements to help people understand how these quotas interact, and “what you need to do what.”

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