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  1. Support IPV6

    Support IPV6

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      28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ability to change Cloud API access scopes on launched instances

      Being able to change access scopes on an already launched instance should already be possible. It is a little ridiculous to have to disable boot disk deletion, delete the instance, and start a new instance (making sure all the other configuration is the same) just to change access scopes to use a feature you had not considered when first creating the instance. This is something that is very easy to do in AWS using IAM roles/instance profiles.

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        30 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello all, I’m happy to announce that you can now change the service account or access scopes on a stopped VM. This feature is available to all users via a beta command, as documented at https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/access/create-enable-service-accounts-for-instances#changeserviceaccountandscopes

        Thanks for your patience while we completed deploying this feature.

        Note, we are still planning to add the ability to change scopes on a running VM in a future update (it’s at the very top of our list, we know it is a highly requested feature).

      • Add NAT routing as a service

        Allow instances without an external IP address to access the Internet via NAT, using a single external IP address for all instances.

        We often need to connect to client services which are restricted by IP address. We can't whitelist instances' external addresses (even if they had one) because we use managed instance groups and frequently delete and recreate instances when deploying updates, which means the external IP address would change.

        We can work around this by provisioning an instance to act as a NAT router, but the difficulty of doing HSRP-style IP failover at GCE means this adds a single…

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        • Automatically create DNS records for GCE instances

          When using ephemeral IPs for GCE instances, it would be desirable to have DNS A records automatically created in a Google Cloud DNS zone as soon as the ephemeral IP is bound to the instance. Instead, a developer must either poll the GCE API's instances.get method until the natIP field is populated, or add a startup script to the instance's image that performs a change request against the Google Cloud DNS API creating or updating the record(s) as needed.

          I believe this is a common use case, wanting DNS records that map from (instancename.example.com) to the current IP of instancename…

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            7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            • Instance-templates - define additional disk to be created and attached on instance create

              Instance-templates - define additional disk to be created and attached on instance create

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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Update: the UI for this feature is currently under development, and should be released in the near future. Our deployment process makes an exact prediction difficult, but I wanted to provide an update on this since it has been a while.

              • Add a graph of the number of instances in a instance group

                Today we can't see a historic data of the number of instances we had in a specific instance group.
                I think a graph with the number of instances can be very useful

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                • 6 votes
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                  • Show the instance template in use per instance on the instance group page.

                    On the instance group page in the cloud console, it would be great to have the instance template as a "column" option in the instance list.

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