Getting Started with Cloud Shell & gcloud

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  • Get Started with Cloud Shell, GCP Essentials
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Getting Started with Cloud Shell & gcloud


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Google Cloud Shell provides you with gcloud command-line access to computing resources hosted on Google Cloud Platform and available through the Google Cloud Platform Console. Cloud Shell is a Debian-based virtual machine with a persistent 5GB home directory, which makes it easy for you to manage your Cloud Platform projects and resources. With Cloud Shell, the Cloud SDK gcloud and other utilities you need are pre-installed and always available when you need them.

In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to connect to computing resources hosted on Google Cloud Platform via the web. You will learn how to use Cloud Shell and gcloud command.

We encourage students to type the commands themselves, to help encourage learning of the core concepts. Many labs will include a code block that contains the required commands. You can easily copy and paste the commands from the code block into the appropriate places during the lab.

What you'll do

  • Connect to computing resources hosted on Google Cloud Platform.

  • Practice using gcloud commands.


  • Familiarity with standard Linux text editors such as vim, emacs, or nano.

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