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      12 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

      One other note - Copy Template as available in the UI is not a core API feature, but something the UI is doing on top, which may explain why the behavior you're describing isn't quite what you want. However, we should be able to patch that, at least. Please comment back if you like about which settings it is/isn't copying and I'll see if we can adjust that without breaking users' expectations generally.

      AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

      Thanks, Carl, those are great insights, and we agree. I've updated the status to indicate that we are actively planning improvements here (the possibility of different behavior when in use vs. not that you note is one example of something that takes some extra design time).

      AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

      Thanks for the feedback in these comments. I think at this point we understand what users are looking to do, and we're investigating changes that would allow this. The evolution of this limitation is due to what Scott described earlier - templates started as a requirement for MIGs, but they have since evolved into a more general "make a VM like this" function of the platform. I hope we can make improvements here in the near future.

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        4 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

        Note: multiple network interfaces is tracked in a separate item. I wanted to note that the feature is now in Beta. Please refer to the GCE Networking docs to get started.

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          2 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

          Hi - "allocate address" is an AWS command. I think I know what you mean though. Do you mean, "gcloud compute addresses create" and its equivalent API call? Are you asking that the command simply report back the IP address value that was created?

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            3 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

            Typically, modern architectures use one of the many packages available that provides Service Discovery, which is a different thing than DNS. etcd, zookeeper, and consul are all examples you might investigate.

            AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

            Thanks for the suggestion! This is one that we hear pretty infrequently, usually from users of EC2-Classic networking who have relied on this behavior as a form of service discovery (It is not supported in their newer VPC networking, to my knowledge). We hear this request about once every 6-12 months, and usually from one customer at a time, hence it has not been very high on our backlog. You're the first to mention it in the last 12 months that I'm aware of. :/

            I'm not saying we won't consider this, as it has always been on our backlog, but other capabilities like private DNS tend to rank higher. So, if you have friends that want it, have them vote here. :)

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              25 comments  ·  Cloud SQL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

              Response from the Cloud SQL PM team:

              Thanks for your feedback! A GA date has not yet been set for Postgres support. Large features, such as replication and automatic failover (HA) will be added to the beta period later this year.

              AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

              Thanks, glad you love it! I've shared your question with the PM for Cloud SQL.

              AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

              Sorry Chuck, that just means that I changed the forum for this feature request within UserVoice (in case you were trying to figure out where it went). The CloudSQL product team is well aware of the market interest in this, thanks for adding your voice to the chorus! :)

              AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

              Hang in there!!! The team is definitely aware of how many customers want this. :)

              AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

              Thanks, I have shifted this request to the Cloud SQL area.

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                under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Google Cloud Platform » Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                Good feedback, Mani. In this case, I'm inclined to keep them separate, because it's likely that the cron-like task queue piece could be available on a different schedule than the full slate of GAE-like services. I don't have dates to announce, but this is on our roadmap.

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                  2 comments  ·  Cloud Pub/Sub  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                  Thanks, Mani. Sorry for the staleness - our UserVoice forums are a pilot project, and not all product teams are onboarded to actively moderate their forums yet. :)

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                    2 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Interesting idea. This might be a bit beyond what would make sense for us to provide as a core platform capability, but it could definitely be done with something like a collectd agent (for example the version Stackdriver uses) and some downstream tech.

                    AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                    Yes, more or less. If you actually want to use it with Stackdriver, you can find out more about installing the agents here [1]. The instructions are quite extensive, but there's a packaged version you can install [2]. Most of the stuff there is about setting up verything to feed the data out to Stackdriver, from what I can tell. For your purposes though, you could probably use the collectd fork from Stackdriver, or just regular collectd and point it wherever you want, then read out that information. I'm not arguing that we or Stackdriver couldn't do this and offer it as a feature, by the way, just giving you some resources in case you want to have a DIY version. :)

                    [1] https://cloud.google.com/monitoring/agent/install-agent
                    [2] https://cloud.google.com/monitoring/agent/install-agent#automated_installation

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                      1 comment  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                      Hi, A quick-start including SSH is available here:

                      https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/quickstart-linux

                      There are also step-by-step tutorials for doing many things. The "build a todo app" tutorial includes using SSH:

                      https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/tutorials

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                        7 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                        This issue was imported from code.google.com, but it is a duplicate. Merging into the main suggestion.

                        AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                        Note, one possible workaround to this is to use a dynamic DNS service like dyndns. We recognize it would be better if instances got auto-generated DNS names, and we're looking at doing this in the future, but thought I'd mention this as it has worked for many people.

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                          2 comments  ·  Cloud DNS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                          I'm not sure this would work as you've described it, as a tag is not unique to a single instance. For example, you could label a handful of instances "staging". In that case, there couldn't be a DNS resource that uniquely identifies any single instance. Note, also, non-DNS entities like disks can be tagged.

                          While this may not be feasible, we are exploring making the instance name itself an automatic DNS entry.

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                            3 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                            Thanks, we're definitely working on this.

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                              4 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                              Yes, it is possible this could change in the future. It's a restriction that we're looking at very closely. The allAuthenticatedUsers role is obviously very broad, and we want to make sure we have the mechanisms in place to guide users to use it in ways that are safe and conscious choices (not just related to image sharing, but broadly speaking). In this context for example sharing *all* your images in the project with all users is a little bit risky, and we'd prefer to make it so you can choose that level of sharing on a per-image basis. Stay tuned for updates. :)

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                                5 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                There is a workaround [1] to do this, but it is *not* what anyone would call "easy." We'd like to make it easier, and the feature request is on our backlog. As with any software development team, we unfortunately do not have infinite resources, and do our best to handle customer requests in the order that gets the most requested items done first (you can see by vote count here on UserVoice what some of those are, and there are many others too, of course). I hope we will be able to improve the export experience in the future.

                                [1] https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/images/export-image

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                                  under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                  We are continuing to consider this request as we look at a number of UI updates during our engineering planning work. Since this request was made, Stackdriver has launched with a more advanced monitoring solution, some customers may find it meets the need here. But we also recognize the convenient of lightweight at-a-glance graphs directly inside the web console, so we're considering if we can add this. Thanks!

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                                    4 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for your feedback, we’ll consider an HDD-based instance storage in future product planning.

                                    Please refer to the comments on this entry for more details about how our Local SSD product works and what it costs. I believe you’ll find it superior to the similar offering from AWS (i2), but we don’t currently have an exact equivalent that is HDD-based (d2).

                                    AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                    Thanks Roman, this additional feedback is very helpful to us as we consider how to move forward with our product offerings. I'm sharing with our colleagues on the storage team as well, and we'll definitely take your thoughts into consideration in our planning. As far as limits go, we have increased them in the past, so it's possible we would do so in the future. Something like a d2 would be a little bit different, as it involves hardware, but also something we'll keep in mind.

                                    AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                    A clarification: our "expensive" internal SSD based instance storage, what we call Local SSD, is not bounded by 240MB/s. The limit you mention is for SSD-based "PD" (durable block storage, similar to EBS). Please refer to [1] for more information.

                                    You're correct, that we do not currently offer a locally attached HDD product for these types of workloads. To my knowledge we find that most customers are moving towards flash-based ephemeral storage for these types of workloads, but we'll certainly take your feedback into consideration when planning future hardware offerings.

                                    Finally, I would encourage you to check into the "expensive" statement. An i2.4xlarge with 16 vCPU and 53GB of RAM and 4x800SSD is priced at $3.41 at AWS, meanwhile a similar n1-standard-16 with 60GB RAM and 8x375GB SSD (about the same amount...) is only $1.70 per hour on GCP, and that is without applying up to 30% automatic Sustained Use Discount if you run it most of the month. For this lower price, note that SSD on GCP is also quite a bit higher max performance in IOPS than AWS. Our pricing calculator [2] can help lay out the costs for you. It is of course true that SSD costs more than HDD in general, but this is a universal truth.

                                    [1] https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/disks/performance
                                    [2] https://cloud.google.com/products/calculator/

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                                      3 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                      Have you had a chance to see if changing the VM size to something larger than an f1-micro makes this problem go away? We believe this is due to insufficient memory.

                                      AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                      I'll ask our engineers if we're aware of this. However, please note that the documented minimum RAM configuration for opensuse is 1GB, which means that an f1-micro is not a suitable choice for running this OS, and we've seen problems in this configuration. It would be worth trying to run on a g1-small and see if the problem disappears in that case.

                                      More info on opensuse requirements: https://en.opensuse.org/Hardware_requirements

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                                        28 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                        Yes, we do believe that. And https://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics.html shows that fully 14% of the world is "there yet." We are continuing to push forward with implementing IPv6.

                                        AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                        Hi Ryan, thanks for your comment, we're definitely aware that the industry is finally moving towards IPv6, and plan on joining that club in GCP as soon as we can. Our team is also well aware that this feature has now regained #1 status on this forum (because we implemented the other one, ha.)

                                        Implementing it to the LB frontend first is indeed something we're looking at, and it's helpful to know that this would address your use case, at least initially.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                          I haven't investigated yet, but it may be possible that this could be done with something like Stackdriver.

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                                            30 comments  ·  Compute Engine  ·  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).

                                            AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                            I made the latest update 11 days ago. Sorry if "soon" was interpreted as meaning "hours", that wasn't the idea. Unfortunately our deployment schedules are very fluid, so we can't give an exact date when this new functionality will be available, but we'll post here when it is.

                                            AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) commented  · 

                                            Hi folks,

                                            This feature is at the top of our stack due to the strong demand represented in feedback here and elsewhere. It is currently in limited testing, and will be deployed more widely in an upcoming release. As our deployment schedule is very fluid, I unfortunately can't offer an exact date. Please hang in there, just a bit longer.

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