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Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL: Qwik Start

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Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL: Qwik Start

30 minutes 1 Credit

GSP152

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Overview

In this lab you'll learn how to create and connect to a Google Cloud SQL PostgreSQL instance and perform basic SQL operations using the Cloud Console and the psql client.

Setup and requirements

Before you click the Start Lab button

Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.

This hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.

To complete this lab, you need:

  • Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
Note: Use an Incognito or private browser window to run this lab. This prevents any conflicts between your personal account and the Student account, which may cause extra charges incurred to your personal account.
  • Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal Google Cloud account or project, do not use it for this lab to avoid extra charges to your account.

How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console

  1. Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left is the Lab Details panel with the following:

    • The Open Google Console button
    • Time remaining
    • The temporary credentials that you must use for this lab
    • Other information, if needed, to step through this lab
  2. Click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.

    Tip: Arrange the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.

    Note: If you see the Choose an account dialog, click Use Another Account.
  3. If necessary, copy the Username from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Sign in dialog. Click Next.

  4. Copy the Password from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Welcome dialog. Click Next.

    Important: You must use the credentials from the left panel. Do not use your Google Cloud Skills Boost credentials. Note: Using your own Google Cloud account for this lab may incur extra charges.
  5. Click through the subsequent pages:

    • Accept the terms and conditions.
    • Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
    • Do not sign up for free trials.

After a few moments, the Cloud Console opens in this tab.

Note: You can view the menu with a list of Google Cloud Products and Services by clicking the Navigation menu at the top-left. Navigation menu icon

Task 1. Create a Cloud SQL instance

  1. Click on the menu icon in the top left of the screen to see the Navigation menu (Navigation menu icon).

  2. In the left menu of the Console, click on SQL.

  3. Click Create Instance.

  4. Click Choose PostgreSQL.

  5. Create your instance with the following settings:

  • Enter myinstance for Instance ID.

  • Enter a password for the postgres user. Save or remember this password, you'll need it in the next section.

  • Leave the default values for the other fields.

  1. Click Create Instance.

You are returned to the instances list. Your new instance is greyed out while it initializes and starts.

After a few minutes your instance is created and you can continue to the next section. If it seems to be taking a long time refresh your browser.

Test completed task

Click Check my progress to verify your performed task. If you have completed the task successfully you will granted with an assessment score.

Create a Cloud SQL instance

Task 2. Test your understanding

Below are multiple choice questions to reinforce your understanding of this lab's concepts. Answer them to the best of your abilities.

Task 3. Connect to your instance using the psql client in the Cloud Shell

  1. In the Cloud Console, click Cloud Shell (Cloud Shell icon) in the upper right corner.

  2. Then click Continue if prompted.

  3. At the Cloud Shell prompt, connect to your Cloud SQL instance by running:

gcloud sql connect myinstance --user=postgres
  1. Enter your postgres password.
Note: The cursor will not move. Press Enter when you're done typing.

You should now see the psql prompt.

Task 4. Upload data into the postgres database

  1. Insert sample data into the postgres database:

CREATE TABLE guestbook (guestName VARCHAR(255), content VARCHAR(255), entryID SERIAL PRIMARY KEY); INSERT INTO guestbook (guestName, content) values ('first guest', 'I got here!'); INSERT INTO guestbook (guestName, content) values ('second guest', 'Me too!');
  1. Retrieve the data:

SELECT * FROM guestbook;

You should now see:

guestname | content | entryid --------------+-------------+--------- first guest | I got here! | 1 second guest | Me too! | 2 (2 rows) postgres=>

You have created a Google Cloud SQL PostgreSQL instance and connected to it.

Task 5. Test your understanding

Below are multiple choice questions to reinforce your understanding of this lab's concepts. Answer them to the best of your abilities.

Congratulations!

Finish your quest

Continue your quest with Baseline: Deploy & Develop or Cloud SQL. A quest is a series of related labs that form a learning path. Completing this quest earns you a badge to recognize your achievement. You can make your badge or badges public and link to them in your online resume or social media account. Enroll in Baseline: Deploy & Develop or Cloud SQL and get immediate completion credit. Refer to the Google Cloud Skills Boost catalog for all available quests.

Next steps / learn more

This lab is also part of a series of labs called Qwik Starts. These labs are designed to give you a little taste of the many features available with Google Cloud. Search for "Qwik Starts" in the lab catalog to find the next lab you'd like to take!

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Manual Last Updated September 21, 2022

Lab Last Tested September 21, 2022

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