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To provide you with quick start instructions for managing basic Google Compute Engine assets in the RightScale Dashboard.



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Add   Import   Launch
Register Google Compute Engine with the RightScale Dashboard   Import a base ServerTemplate from the MultiCloud Marketplace   Launch a Server




numbered_squares_blue_1.png  First you will need to register your Google Compute Engine cloud account with RightScale so that you can use the RightScale Dashboard to manage your GCE cloud resources. 

Note: If you have never signed up for a Rackspace account, you will need to carry out that one-time pre-requisite step.  To do so, please see the Sign Up for Google Compute Engine tutorial, then return and carry out the three steps in this tutorial.

  1. Go to Settings > Account Settings > Clouds tab.  Click Connect to a Cloud.
  2. Click the Add icon (+) next to Google.
  3. Enter your Google Compute Engine cloud credentials. You will need to enter your Project ID and click Continue. RightScale will make an API call to GCE's API endpoint to retrieve all of your cloud resources so they appear in the RightScale Dashboard.
    • Where is my GCE Project ID?
      Log into the Google Cloud Console and go to your list of projects. (view screenshot)​


  1. Check the cloud's status. On the same Clouds tab, check the status of your cloud. Both of these items require active (green) status to successfully launch cloud servers:



Username Mismatch

Important! The Google username you signed in with to request access must match the username that's tied to the Google Project ID that you are adding to the RightScale account. Otherwise, you can add Google as a cloud to the RightScale account, but it will not be usable.



Once you allow access, you will see that the Google Compute Engine cloud is "enabled" under the Clouds tab in the Dashboard. All of your Google Compute Engine resources are now visible under the Clouds menu (CloudsGoogle Compute Engine).



Import ServerTemplate

numbered_squares_blue_2.png  Import a ServerTemplate.  Although many ServerTemplates from the Multi-Cloud Marketplace would work, for this tutorial use the "Base ServerTemplate for Linux".  That ServerTemplate is the "blueprint" for the Server you will launch in the next and final step.  Log into the Dashboard and follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Design > MultiCloud Marketplace > ServerTemplates
  2. Find and select the appropriate ServerTemplate. Browse by categories, perform a keyword search, or use the filter options to find the correct ServerTemplate.
  3. Click Import.

Once imported, the ServerTemplate and associated RightScripts are considered part of your "local" collection.

Note:  If you have problems finding the ServerTemplate, here is an example full URL (below).  You can click on that URL and import the ServerTemplate instead of the steps above.

Launch Server

numbered_squares_blue_3.png  Add and launch the Server that is based on the ServerTemplate you just imported.  Click the "Add Server" action button.  This will start the Add Server Assistant.

New Server

  • Select "Google" from the Cloud drop-down menu
  • Select "Default" from the Deployment drop-down menu  (Tip:  Alternatively, you could of course select an existing Deployment name.  Deployments are simply containers to organize your cloud assets.  See Create a New Deployment in the Dashboard Users Guide for more information.)
  • Click "Continue"

Server Details

The Server Details dialog is split into two windows:  Hardware on the left, and Networking on the right.  Provide the following information for each:

  • Hardware - Leave the default values for Server Name, MultiCloud Image and Instance Type.
  • Networking
    • Select the "Default" Security Group
    • Select an available "Datacenter / Zone" (e.g. us-central1-a)
  • Click the "Confirm" action button when ready


The Confirm tab provides a detailed summary of the server you're about to create in the cloud.  If you are satisfied with your selections, click Finish to create the server. 


After confirming your server creation, you are automatically placed in the correct deployment, viewing the server you just created. 

  • Click the "Launch" action button
  • Note:  With more complicated server setups you would have the opportunity to set Inputs (server variables).  Your server is already configured for you however, so you can simply click the "Launch" action button one last time.
  • The server is launched and you should see a message in the blue banner near the top of the Dashboard similar to:

Launched server Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB) (v13.0)

Congratulations!  You just launched your first server in GCE using the RightScale Dashboard... in 3 easy steps!  In approximately 10 minutes your server state should progress from "pending" to "operational".  Don't forget to terminate your server when finished using it to avoid any unneccessary charges.

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