Set up a VM to use
Initialize the SDK in your instance
Google Cloud SDK: Qwik Start - Redhat/Centos
In this lab you will learn how to install Cloud SDK to a virtual machine, initialize it and run core
gcloud commands from the command-line. The Cloud SDK RPM packages are supported for Red Hat Enterprise Level 7 and CentOS 7.
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).
- Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a lab.
How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console
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
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.
If necessary, copy the Username from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Sign in dialog. Click Next.
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.
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.
Activate Cloud Shell
Cloud Shell is a virtual machine that is loaded with development tools. It offers a persistent 5GB home directory and runs on the Google Cloud. Cloud Shell provides command-line access to your Google Cloud resources.
- Click Activate Cloud Shell at the top of the Google Cloud console.
When you are connected, you are already authenticated, and the project is set to your PROJECT_ID. The output contains a line that declares the PROJECT_ID for this session:
gcloud is the command-line tool for Google Cloud. It comes pre-installed on Cloud Shell and supports tab-completion.
- (Optional) You can list the active account name with this command:
Your output should now look like this:
- (Optional) You can list the project ID with this command:
gcloud, in Google Cloud, refer to the gcloud CLI overview guide.
Set the region
Set the project region for this lab:
Task 1. Set up a VM to use
Create a VM with either Centos or Redhat. You can choose which one to use, the steps will be the same.
- In the Cloud Console, go to Compute Engine > VM instances, then click Create instance.
region and zone.
In the Boot disk section, click Change to begin configuring your boot disk:
Choose CentOS 7, then click the Select button.
In the Firewall section, select Allow HTTP traffic.
Click Check my progress to verify the objective.
- Then click on the SSH button for your instance.
Now you're ready to set this instance up with Cloud SDK.
Task 2. Update the Cloud SDK RPM packages
The Cloud SDK RPM packages are supported for Red Hat Enterprise Level 7 and CentOS 7. They may also work on Fedora systems using yum or dnf, but this has not been tested.
- Run the following in the SSH window to set up Cloud SDK:
- Respond Y when prompted to confirm the total download size.
Task 3. Initialize the SDK in your instance
gcloud init command to perform several common SDK setup tasks. These include authorizing the SDK tools to access Google Cloud using your user account credentials and setting up the default SDK configuration.
- To initialize the SDK, run the following:
This prevents the
gcloud init command from launching a web browser. Choose option 2, to log in with a new account.
- Type the number for adding a new account.
You will get confirmation that you're running on a virtual machine.
- Type Y to allow the credentials you logged into the lab with (this is your personal account for this lab) to be used to authenticate your account.
You'll be given a long URL click on it or paste it into a new browser.
- You may be asked to select your lab credentials again, and Allow access to your account.
This URL will give you your authentication code.
Copy the code and paste it into the SSH window at the command prompt, then press Enter.
Now type the number corresponding to your Project ID.
You will see a confirmation that you have completed the setup steps successfully that will look like this:
Click Check my progress to verify the objective.
Task 4. Run core gcloud commands
gcloud commands to view information about your SDK installation.
- List accounts whose credentials are stored on this VM:
A list of credentialed accounts displays:
- This command will list the properties in your active SDK configuration:
The list of properties will display:
- Run the following to view information on your Cloud SDK installation and the active SDK configuration:
The summary includes information about:
- Your system
- The installed SDK components
- The active user account and current project
- The properties in the active SDK configuration
- You can see information about
gcloudcommands and other topics from the command line by running the following:
Press Enter or the spacebar to scroll down the Help content.
Press q to exit Help.
In Help you can specify a command. For example, the help for
gcloud compute instances create would be this:
You'll see a help topic that contains a description of the command, a list of command flags and arguments, and examples of how to use it.
You have learned how to install Cloud SDK to a virtual Red Hat or CentOS machine, initialized it, and ran core
gcloud commands from the command-line.
Finish your quest
Continue your quest with Baseline: Deploy & Develop. 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 this quest 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!
Learn more about Google SDK.
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Manual Last Updated April 19, 2023
Lab Last Tested April 19, 2023
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