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  1. Support Cloud DNS

    Please add support for managing Cloud DNS records from Deployment Manager. This would let us add external DNS records for deployed resources automatically.

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  2. Updating a deployment should restore resources that were deleted manually.

    If I delete or otherwise modify a resource outside of deployment manager, when I next perform a deployment update, then that resource should be returned to the state as defined in the deployment YAML/JSON.

    Let's say I have a YAML defining a simple VM instance. When I perform the deployment create, then the instance is created.

    If I then delete the instance via the console, and then perform a deployment update, it says success, but the instance is NOT restored.

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  3. Type Provider API - Provide a Reference Implementation

    https://cloud.google.com/deployment-manager/docs/configuration/type-providers/process-adding-api seems really cool. Despite being beta, I'm missing concrete examples, preferably a well documented reference implementation of an API that could work with the Cloud Deployment Manager. Could that be added?

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  4. Generate template from existing VM

    Have a feature that would auto-generate the template for CDM from an existing VM. Extract startup tasks, cron jobs and the list of software and libraries installed, along with any customized configurations (MVP might only include common configs seen in a LAMP stack.)

    Scenarios:
    1) I have a brownfield project, it lives on a VM (created awhile ago) that I have imported from another host. My hope would be that this feature would help rebuild the environment onto one of Compute Engine's preconfigured operating system images.

    2) Created instance, added to it over time, decided I want to start using…

    11 votes
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  5. Type Provider API - Extend existing internal CDM API

    https://cloud.google.com/deployment-manager/docs/configuration/type-providers/process-adding-api

    Suppose I currently have a composite type but would like to override the default Update implementation? I believe creating a new type and implementing a Type Provider API would allow that. However, most behaviors of that API should be inherited from what is done today by the CDM for my composite type. Could you explain how the current behavior could be trivially extended for such a common use case?

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  6. Support Python 3 Templates

    Templates only support Python 2.7 - https://cloud.google.com/deployment-manager/docs/configuration/templates/create-basic-template#template_syntax

    Python 3 is the modern version of python and 2.7 will soon stop being maintained - https://pythonclock.org/.

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  7. peering

    I don't see how network peerings can be defined:
    - no peering listed in supported resources.
    - https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/reference/latest/networks shows peerings as output only.

    How can I essentially include the following in my deployment?

    gcloud compute networks peerings create peer-ab \
    --network network-A \
    --peer-project project-B \
    --peer-network network-B \
    --auto-create-routes

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  8. Replace VMs when the source image changes in the deployment definition

    Currently if one uses an immutable infrastructure approach where most parts are baked into images you cannot easily replace VMs that are deployed by the deployment manager.

    If you update the source image field in the VM definition the API returns an error that this is not an update-able field.
    So currently changing the image is two updates to the deployment manager. One without the VM in the spec which causes it to delete the VM and another one with the new VM in the spec.

    It would be nice to have an option where I can update the field…

    6 votes
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  9. Support for Google Cloud Functions V1 type (cloudfunctions.v1.function)

    Currently, Deployment Manager only supports v1beta2 type (cloudfunctions.v1beta2.function). However, it has been out of beta, and we need to upgrade to V1 by December 4th 2018!

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  10. Documentation of API and examples

    Documentation of API are not that easy for a new comer to follow unlike the documentation of gcloud command prompt documentation. Also the examples of APIs are very less. Request you to kindly provide a step-by-step documentation on usage of APIs.

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  11. "absent" state for resources

    Please add support to remove resources like "default" network without adding to DM and then deleting that conf.

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  12. Support Spanner Database/Table

    I am able to create spanner instances with cloud deployment manager. I would like to be able to specify my entire spanner setup including instance, database, tables, schemas, etc from my deployment manager template.

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  13. Support importing Google Cloud Python Packages into Cloud Deployment Manager Python Templates

    https://cloud.google.com/deployment-manager/docs/configuration/templates/import-python-libraries

    The set of supported Python libraries is quite limited. It would nice if one could import `google.cloud.biqquery` and use some of Google's existing library code (eg. https://github.com/googleapis/google-cloud-python/blob/master/bigquery/google/cloud/bigquery/schema.py) to write Python GDM templates.

    4 votes
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  14. Better validation/testing at preview time

    We're aware of the preview feature, but this doesnt appear to give any guarantee's that it'll actually end up working when the time comes to deploy it.

    What id love to see is some strong validation when previewing deployment manager manifests;
    these checks would do something like:
    - Examine existing referenced infrastructure at preview time, and validate that the proposed operation will actually succeed (appreciate that there is some time between preview and actually deploying; so this couldnt be a totally solid guarantee, but enough for CI purposes)
    - Examine permission checks on the deployment manager's service account, ensuring that…

    3 votes
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  15. Upgrade paths for deployments.

    It seems you cannot upgrade versions of your deployments, we went through all the manual effort of upgrading our deployed mongo servers from 2.6 to 3.2 only to find after reboot they've all rolled back to 2.6 because of the mass of startup scripts =/

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  16. Improve logging from inside deployment manager

    Currently it's very difficult to work out exactly why a deployment fails (See this Stack Overflow post: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47335752/is-there-any-way-to-print-to-stdout-stderr-or-log-files-in-google-deployment-m and this issue https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/80368273)

    This makes debugging take much longer than necessary and incredibly frustrating.

    It'd be really nice to be able to get some idea of why a deployment is failing/ somehow improve the debuggability of deployment manager

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  18. Provide an SDK for various languages to manipulate (at least read) a config

    While I assume one can use the remote APIs to query the contents of a deployment (e.g. find instances), a programmatic interface to at least read the structure of a deployment configuration would be great to write custom tooling. E.g. something that would for instance do a rolling update of GCE instances with some custom health checks in between.

    The ability to mutate the structure would be a great addition to this, for use cases where the provided update is insufficient (doesn't support the intended intermediate steps). E.g if adding a new local-ssd to an existing instance, the current update…

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  20. Report more complete diff in deployment manager

    It would be great if we could use the SDK to view detailed differences between an update preview and the current deployment. Often, I'm finding that I am updating startup scripts for VMs, or even adding metadata to various components of the deployment.

    In addition to using git diff, which I use to version control deployment scripts, it would be great to have diffs of the deployment from deployment manager to verify that the changes I intend to happen will indeed happen.

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