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Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform

started with Google Cloud Platform : GCP

I’m a big fan of a Google Cloud Platform and I was studying alone with this and I thought to write a series of blog posts with regard to this great Cloud Platform and this is how we can get started with Google Cloud Platform. In this post I’m planing to show you how you can create a Google Cloud Account and get started with this platform.

If you are pretty interested with this cloud platform you can Sign Up and get $300 to spend on Google Cloud Platform over next 12 months. I will discuss what more on the infrastructure and it’s components later and let’s see how we can sign up with this Cloud Platform and get start our work.

started with Google Cloud Platform : GCP

Start Your Google Cloud Journey here. Sign Up for free 

To begin with Google Cloud Platform click on the above Sign Up button, you can try it for free and you will get $300 for next 12 months. The good thing about this is you will not be automatically charged at the end of your free time period. So I encourage you to go and try it out!

started with Google Cloud Platform : Try it Free

Select your country and accept the email notification settings and “Google Cloud Platform Free Trial Terms of Service.”

started with Google Cloud Platform : T&C

Provide the Billing and contact details. Don’t worry you won’t be charged and this this is to ensure that you are a human and active card, it will charge a small amount of money and will refund in a minute. Also select the Account type for a “Business or Individual” use.

started with Google Cloud Platform : Account Details

started with Google Cloud Platform : Card Details

You will see the Welcome message as a pop-up

started with Google Cloud Platform : Welcome

You will be redirected to the “Getting Started” page and use the”Hamburger Menu” to see the full menu

Create a Project to started with Google Cloud Platform

First and foremost you need to create a project click on small drop down  icon to open the projects and create a new project using “NEW PROJECT” option. I have already created a project for some API work, you will not see any projects at first time.

started with Google Cloud Platform : First Project

Provide a Project name and a Project ID, it should be a unique value if your Project Name is not available as the Project ID it will randomly generated an ID. You can specify an organization if available

started with Google Cloud Platform : Project ID

This is my Project ID, I don’t have an Organization, if you are done with the project click on “CREATE” to complete the project creation

started with Google Cloud Platform : Project ID

You can see the status of a task from the small “Bell” icon

started with Google Cloud Platform : Bell Icon

Now you can select the created Project

started with Google Cloud Platform : New Project access

Your Project dashboard would look like this

started with Google Cloud Platform : Dashboard

You can customize the dashboard widgets using CUSTOMIZE option

started with Google Cloud Platform : Customize

Enable and disable the widgets easily with small slider button

started with Google Cloud Platform : Slider Button

You can set the Project Access permissions using “IAM & admin” option also you can pin the important menu Items to the top of the main menu using small pin icon

started with Google Cloud Platform : Pin

Permissions can be granted in IAM menu I will talk about this in detail later

started with Google Cloud Platform : IAM

All the activities can be seen in the “ACTIVITY” menu of the dashboard

started with Google Cloud Platform : ACTIVITY

Google Cloud Platform has it’s own cloud shell which you can interact with your browser, we’ll see in detail later

started with Google Cloud Platform : GCLOUD SHELL

Also, you can download the Google Cloud Console Mobile App and access your console while you are on the go. A great feature!

started with Google Cloud Platform : Phone Recording

This is just the overview of the Google Cloud Platform Console and how you can get started with this platform I will talk about in detail about other features and configuration later.

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Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Specialist at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 7 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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