DEMO: Reserving Static External IP Addresses
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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, welcome back. In the last lesson, we covered static external IP addresses. In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to reserve a new static external IP address, using the Google Cloud Platform console.

As you can see here, I have my GCP console up and running. To reserve my address, I need to browse to the VPC Network page, and then from there, we'll go to External IP addresses.

So, let's go out and browse here, and then hit External IP addresses. From this External IP addresses page, I can reserve my address. I'll go ahead and click Reserve. And now I need to give my new static address a name and I need to specify the network service tier. So let me give it a name here. Hovering over the question mark here for the Premium service tier tells me that choosing this tier is going to cause traffic to traverse Google's global backbone, entering and exiting at Google edge peering points that are closest to the use. If I hover over the question mark for the Standard option here, it tells me that traffic will enter and exit the Google network at a peering point that's closest to the cloud region it's either destined for or originated from.

Now, for this exercise, I'm going to leave this set at Premium. Now, I also need to specify whether this address needs to be IPv4 or IPv6. Now, I should note that IPv6 addresses can only be global, and they can only be used with global HTTP(S) or HTTP SSL proxy and TCP proxy load balancers. For this exercise, I'm going to leave the IP version set to IPv4. I also need to determine whether my IP address is regional or global. Now, I showed you earlier here by clicking the IPv6, that if I select IPv6 it defaults to global. Since I'm doing IPv4, we have two options here. For this exercise, I'm going to select regional here.

Now, since I'm reserving a regional address here, I need to specify the region to create the address in. So I'll leave this set to us-central1. Now, what I could do here is choose a resource to actually connect this IP address to or attach this IP address to. For this exercise though, I'm just going to reserve the IP and not attach it to anything. We could always attach it later on. So to complete my reservation, I simply click the Reserve button here to reserve the IP. And at this point, I now have a regional static IP address that's reserved. Since it's a regional address that I've reserved, I can later assign it to either a VM instance or to a network load balancer.

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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.