H 221: Google Cloud Windows Server (10 pts)

What you need


To deploy a Windows server on the Google cloud.

Creating an Account

You should already have a Google Cloud account from a previous project creating a Linux server.

Creating a Windows Server

From the "VM Instances" page, at the top center, click "CREATE INSTANCE".

In the "Boot disk" section, click the Change button.

In the next screen, click "Windows Server 2016 Datacenter", as shown below, and click Select.

At the bottom of the page, click the Create button, as shown below.

A machine appears, named "instance-1", as shown below.

In the "Connect" column, click the drop-down arrow and click "Set Windows password", as shown below.

In the next screen, choose a username, as shown below. Click Set....

A box appears with your Windows password, as shown below. Copy it and save it somewhere, then click CLOSE.

In the "Connect" column, click the drop-down arrow and click "Download the RDP file", as shown below.

If you are using a Windows machine, the RDP client is already included.

If you are using a Mac, you might have an RDP client, or you might need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop 10.

Double-click the instance-1.rdp file to connect to the server via RDP.

A "Verify Certificate" box pops up, as shown below. Click Continue.

Enter your password and click OK, as shown below.

A Windows desktop appears, as shown below.

On the right side, in the Networks box, click Yes.

Windows Server Manager opens, as shown below.

Viewing System Information

H 221: System Information (10 pts)

Right-click the Start button and click System. Information about your system appears, as shown below.

Note the Manufacturer name, which is covered by a green box in the image below. That's the flag.


To right-click in the Windows session from a Mac, you need to enable "Secondary click" in Trackpad preferences, as shown below.

Last updated 5-18-2020