F 61: Google Cloud Windows Server (15 pts extra)

What you need


To deploy a Windows Cloud Server on the Google cloud.

Creating an Account

Start at


Click "TRY IT FREE".

On the next page, fill out the form, as shown below, and click "AGREE AND CONTINUE".

Fill in the next page. You must enter a credit card number, but it says you won't be charged without agreeing to that later.


A box says you have $300 in free trial credit, as shown below.

On the next pge, click "Compute Engine", as shown below.

The "VM instances" page appears, as shown below.

Wait while it gets ready.

When it's ready, you see the screen shown below. Click Create.

Creating a Windows Server

The "Create an instance" page appears as shown below.

In the "Create an instance" page, in the "Boot disk" section, click the Change button.

In the next screen, choose "Windows Server 2022 Datacenter with Desktop Experience", 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.


The CCSF network blocks RDP traffic, so you won't be able to use it to contact your Windows cloud server. You need to use the Danger Zone network in SCIE 37, or a different non-CCSF network.
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.

F 61.1: Viewing System Information

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

The flag is the Manufacturer name, which is covered by a green box in the image below.


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

Updated 9-3-23