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  1. renaming vm

    make it as easy as EC2 :)

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      46 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      I won’t be drawn into an argument about hypothetically how trivial it is or isn’t; I appreciate that people here feel this is extremely simple to implement, but our engineers assure me it is not. The name propagates to many places, including the networking subsystem (for example). All of this has to be updated and tested carefully. Nonetheless, we are in fact working on it.

      For those that say “it’s #N in the list!” – that’s true. It’s that high because we’ve closed many other high ranking feature requests that users here have asked us for. Now this feature is near the top. We truly appreciate your feedback, and your patience, and are working hard every day to try and provide the best, most flexible platform that we can.

    • Enable editing of Instance Template

      Cannot make changes after saving the Instance Template

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      • Allow settings labels in instance template

        Currently labels can be set on instances, but not on instance templates via gcloud beta commands. In order to use labels in BigQuery billing export this would be tremendously useful.

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          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for the feedback, this is definitely planned to be available. I don’t have an exact timeframe currently, but we wouldn’t GA the feature without this. Note, it’s possible to add labels to a template through the API itself through instanceTemplates.insert(), but of course that’s not very easy to use if you’re working with gcloud.

        • Could I see my current cost easily?

          I just started.
          I can see a graph of my VM instances' utilization.
          Could you add an option for me to see my current total due?
          Cost management is important for me.

          Thank you

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          • Set Windows username and password on instance creation

            Currently there is no easy way to set username and password for Windows machine instances in the Console. Creation wizard only allows to set SSH keys for linux instances.

            Password could not be easily set even programmatically https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/compute-image-windows/issues/103

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            • enable attaching GPU's to VM from browser interface,, and GPU availability for free trial customers

              it's such a hustle attaching a GPU using that command interface, spent over 8 hours on it today, only yo reach the end and the interface said not available in the trial, please help us get them in the browser and offer them on the free trial.

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              • Let me grant permission/authority over a single instance so I can provide these to my contractors without concerns about them touching other

                Let me grant permission/authority over a single instance so I can provide these to my contractors without concerns about them touching other

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                • 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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                  • Can the region list show the cities name when creating GCE instance?

                    Can the region list show the cities name when creating GCE instance?

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