Over the users I’ve written a good bit about pushing a workload off to a virtual machine sitting in a data center somewhere. The Google CloudPlatform has matured a lot and I haven’t really gotten around to writing about it. So… It’s worth going into their SDK and what it looks like from a shell using some quick examples.
For starters, you’ll need an account with Google Cloud Platform, at cloud.google.com and you’ll want to go ahead and login to the interface, which is pretty self-explanatory (although at first you might have to hunt a little for some of the more finely grained features, like zoning virtual instances.
The SDK will include the gcloud command, which you’ll use to perform most tasks in the Google CloudPlatform. To install the SDK, go to https://cloud.google.com/sdk/downloads and download the appropriate version for your computer. If you’re on a mac, most likely the x86_64 version.
Next, move the downloaded folder to a permanent location and run the install.sh inside it, which will kindly offer to add gcloud to your path.
Welcome to the Google Cloud SDK!
To help improve the quality of this product, we collect anonymized usage data
and anonymized stacktraces when crashes are encountered; additional information
is available at <https://cloud.google.com/sdk/usage-statistics>. You may choose
to opt out of this collection now (by choosing ‘N’ at the below prompt), or at
any time in the future by running the following command:
gcloud config set disable_usage_reporting true
Do you want to help improve the Google Cloud SDK (Y/n)? y
Modify profile to update your $PATH and enable shell command
Do you want to continue (Y/n)? y
The Google Cloud SDK installer will now prompt you to update an rc
file to bring the Google Cloud CLIs into your environment.
Enter a path to an rc file to update, or leave blank to use
Backing up [/Users/charlesedge/.bash_profile] to [/Users/charlesedge/.bash_profile.backup].
[/Users/charlesedge/.bash_profile] has been updated.
==> Start a new shell for the changes to take effect.
For more information on how to get started, please visit:
Inside that bin folder, you’ll find the gcloud python script, which once installed, you can then run. Next, you’ll need to run the init, which links it to your CloudPlatform account via oauth. To do so, run gcloud with the init verb, which will step you through the process:
Welcome! This command will take you through the configuration of gcloud.
Your current configuration has been set to: [default]
You can skip diagnostics next time by using the following flag:
gcloud init –skip-diagnostics
Network diagnostic detects and fixes local network connection issues.
Checking network connection…done.
Reachability Check passed.
Network diagnostic (1/1 checks) passed.
You must log in to continue. Would you like to log in (Y/n)? y
If you say yes in the above screen, your browser will then prompt you with a standard Google oauth screen where you’ll need to click Allow.
Now go back to Terminal and pick a “Project” (when you set up billing the default was created for you):
Pick cloud project to use:
 Create a new project
Please enter numeric choice or text value (must exactly match list
Next, we’re gonna’ create a VM. There are several tables that lay out machine types. Let’s start by listing any instances we might have:
gcloud compute instances list
Listed 0 items.
Note: If you have a lot of these you can use
--regexp to filter them quickly.
Then let’s pick a machine type. A description of machine types can be found at https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/machine-types. And an image. Images can be seen using the compute command with images and then list, as follows:
gcloud compute images list
Now, let’s use that table from earlier and make a custom machine using an ubuntu uri, a –custom-cpu and a –custom-memory:
gcloud compute instances create krypted1 –image https://www.googleapis.com/compute/v1/projects/ubuntu-os-cloud/global/images/ubuntu-1610-yakkety-v20170502 –custom-cpu 2 –custom-memory 5
You’ll then see that your VM is up, running, and… has an IP:
NAME ZONE MACHINE_TYPE PREEMPTIBLE INTERNAL_IP EXTERNAL_IP STATUS
krypted1 us-central1-a custom (2 vCPU, 5.00 GiB) 10.128.0.2 188.8.131.52 RUNNING
Now let’s SSH in:
gcloud compute ssh krypted1
This creates ssh keys, adds you to the hosts and SSH’s you into a machine. So viola. You’re done. Oh wait, you don’t want to leave it running forever. After all, you’re paying by the minute… So let’s list your instances:
gcloud compute instances list
Then let’s stop the one we just created:
gcloud compute instances stop krypted1
And if you’d like, tear it down:
gcloud compute instances delete krypted1
Overall, super logical, very easy to use, and lovely command line environment. Fast, highly configurable VMs. Fun times!
krypted May 18th, 2017
I’ve been a huge fan of Google Apps for awhile. For this piece, I got a bit more specific and tried to focus on Google Drive. Obviously, there’s a lot of tie-ins with Google’s other products, given how much integration there is there. But, what I did here was really focus on the Google Drive bits. Hope you enjoy it!
krypted May 5th, 2016
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My latest Huffington Post article is up; this one on 10 Cool Things You Might Not Know You Can Do With Dropbox. A sample of the article:
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Free оf сhаrgе (wіth a раіd uрgrаdе орtіоn), Dropbox lеtѕ уоu uрlоаd уоur files tо fоldеrѕ ассеѕѕіblе аnуwhеrе thеrе’ѕ аn Intеrnеt connection. It еlіmіnаtеѕ thе hаѕѕlе of еmаіlіng уоurѕеlf attachments аnd runnіng іntо size limits. People can use Dropbox through the desktop арр, mоbіlе аррѕ оr via thе wеb.
krypted March 23rd, 2016
I have another article up on the world webs. This one is on cloud use in small businesses, with IT Business Edge. Check it out at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/6-ways-small-businesses-can-master-the-cloud-in-2016-08.html.
krypted January 20th, 2016
I published an article with VMblog.com with my (and Bushel’s) predictions for how small businesses will leverage the cloud in 2016.
In today’s increasingly mobile world, more and more small businesses are taking advantage of the cloud, as 72 percent indicate they use mobile apps in their business, with roughly 38 percent reporting they could not survive – or it would be a major challenge to survive- without mobile apps, says a recent survey report.
Given this trend, here’s a look at what cloud-connected small and medium-sized businesses can expect in the year ahead:
krypted December 17th, 2015
Who still says “like a boss?” I guess I did. Get over it. But don’t get over spam. Especially annoying are the ones we know we accidentally signed up for. Because it’s our own darn fault. But luckily, there’s a lot more tools for dealing with bulk mail (solicited or unsolicited) these days. Most modern email clients have the ability to deal with spam. Exchange/Office 365 has clutter and junk. You can build rules on sites. You can use spam assassin on your servers. But, there’s also a nice little app called unroll.me. Once you sign up you’ll have 3 ways of dealing with each message: request removal from a list, mark as rolled up into a single daily digest, or mark as good email.
Download it here. The app works a lot like something like Tinder. You swipe right to like something, left to not like something. Facebook should implement this into your timeline!
If you decide to mark emails as digests, you’ll get an email once a day that looks like this:
This works great for organizations that actually properly remove you from lists (which is surprisingly most). Using this swiping type of workflow, you can knock through 100 or more emails in 10-15 minutes. For organizations that don’t respect unfollow or stop sending me your crap emails, there’s also always just marking them as spam. The only problem with this is that you likely have a phone, a computer, a home computer, and maybe a tablet. No one wants to mark the same email as spam four times and then potentially have emails disappearing and not being able to figure out which computer they were marked as junk on.
There are lots and lots of options for this type of thing. But given the ease of use an quick evisceration I can do on my mailbox, I rather like unfollow.me. Give it a shot. You might hate it. I don’t.
krypted December 3rd, 2015
I am stoked to have been able to contribute a little to MacPrices.net on the introduction of the new iPad Pro. That article is here.
krypted November 11th, 2015
To properly go under the hood and hack around on a Samsung Chromebook 2, you’ll need to put it into developer mode. Whether using crosh or installing Chromium or other operating systems or just doing some pretty cool stuff, you’ll need to throw the thing into developer mode. Because you have so much control you should leave developer mode off when you’re not hacking around for security purposes.
Note: Before you switch back and forth, know that user accounts will be reset each time you switch.
Now, to enter developer mode, we’ll first go into recovery mode, using the Escape (ESC) and Refresh (F3) buttons on the keyboard when you press the Power button. When the Recovery screen comes up, use Ctrl-D to switch to developer mode and then when prompted, confirm and the device will reboot into developer mode (or dev-mode for the geeky). When you see the boot screen, wait 30 seconds to boot or just hit Control-D.
To switch back to normal mode from developer mode use the crossystem command followed by disable_dev_request and set that to one and then reboot. To make this a shell one-liner:
crossystem disable_dev_request=1; reboot
And that’s it. Happy hackin’!
krypted October 2nd, 2014