DEMO: Creating and Viewing Snapshots
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This course has been designed to teach you how to manage networking and compute resources on Google Cloud Platform. The content in this course will help prepare you for the Associate Cloud Engineer exam.

The topics covered within this course include:

  • Adding subnets to a VPC
  • Expanding existing subnets
  • Reserving static addresses via the console and Cloud Shell
  • Managing, configuring, and connecting to VM instances
  • Adding GPUs and installing CUDA libraries
  • Creating and deploying from snapshots and images
  • Working with instance groups

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to manage networking and compute resources on Google Cloud Platform
  • Prepare for the Google Associate Cloud Engineer Exam

Intended Audience

  • Those who are preparing for the Associate Cloud Engineer exam
  • Those looking to learn more about managing GCP networking and compute features


To get the most from this course, you should have some exposure to GCP resources, such as VCPs, VM Instances, Cloud Console, and Cloud Shell. However, this is not essential.



Hi, everyone, and welcome to this lesson. In this lesson, I am going to perform a demonstration that shows you how to create a snapshot of a regional persistent disk in the Google Cloud Console. So, let's jump right in.

On the screen here, you'll see that I'm logged in to my GCP console. To create a snapshot, I need to browse to Compute Engine and then to Snapshots. From this Snapshots page, I can begin the process by clicking Create Snapshot at the top here. I need to give my snapshot a name. If I hover over the question mark here, it tells me the name that I use must start with a lower case letter and it must be followed up with up to 62 additional lower case letters, numbers or hyphens. The name that I use cannot end in a hyphen. I'll call this snapshot "mysnapshot". The description here is optional, so I'll just leave it blank for this exercise.

Using the Source Disk dropdown here, I can choose the disk that I want to snapshot. I'm going to snapshot myvm here. In this Location section here, I need to tell GCP where to store my snapshot. I also have to decide if I want to store it in one region or if I want to make the snapshot multi-region. A region is a specific geographical place, like London, for example. A multi-region is a large geographical area, like the United States, for example, that contains two or more geographic places. If I choose multi-region here, my snapshot becomes geo-redundant. I'll leave these options at their defaults here and, as a result, my snapshot is going to be stored in the same location as my source disk that I'm snapshotting.

Under Labels here, I can add a label if I want to. You would typically use labels to organize your environment. I'm not going to bother here. At this point, I can click Create to create my snapshot. Now obviously, my snapshot can take a little while to create, so we'll let this complete. After my snapshot is created, I can click on it from my list of snapshots. In here I can view the details of my snapshot.

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.