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Managing Your Google Cloud Infrastructure


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Google Cloud Platform for System Administrators
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Once you have implemented your application infrastructure on Google Cloud Platform, you will need to maintain it. Although you can set up Google Cloud to automate many operations tasks, you will still need to monitor, test, manage, and troubleshoot it over time to make sure your systems are running properly.

This course will walk you through these maintenance tasks and give you hands-on demonstrations of how to perform them. You can follow along with your own GCP account to try these examples yourself.

Learning Objectives

  • Use Stackdriver to monitor, log, report on errors, trace, and debug
  • Ensure your infrastructure can handle higher loads, failures, and cyber-attacks by performing load, resilience, and penetration tests
  • Manage your data using lifecycle management and migration from outside sources
  • Troubleshoot SSH errors, instance startup failures, and network traffic dropping

Intended Audience

  • System administrators
  • People who are preparing to take the Google Professional Cloud Architect certification exam




Welcome to “Managing Your Google Cloud Infrastructure”. I’m Guy Hummel and I’ll be showing you how to keep your cloud systems running well.

This course is about how to maintain your cloud infrastructure after you have implemented it. Although you can set up Google Cloud to automate many operations tasks, you will still need to monitor, test, manage, and troubleshoot it over time to make sure your systems are running properly.

To get the most from this course, you should know the fundamentals of Google Cloud Platform, such as how to create virtual machine instances and use Cloud Storage. If you need a refresher, then you can take our Google Cloud Platform: Fundamentals course.

You should also have experience with performing operations tasks, especially working with Linux. It’s also helpful to have some programming experience, although just knowing the basics of a typical programming language should be enough.

This is a hands-on course with lots of demonstrations. The best way to learn is by doing, so I recommend that you try performing these tasks yourself on your own Google Cloud account. If you don’t have one, then you can sign up for a free trial.

We’ll start by going through all of the components of Stackdriver to monitor, log, report errors, debug, and trace your applications.

Then I’ll show you how to test your infrastructure to see how it performs under difficult conditions, including heavy load, instance failures, and cyber attacks.

After that, you’ll see how to get data into Cloud Storage and then how to keep it under control with lifecycle management. You’ll also learn how to optimize your Cloud SQL and Cloud CDN configurations.

Finally, we’ll wrap up with how to troubleshoot instance startup failures, SSH errors, and network issues.

If you’re ready to learn how to tame your Google Cloud infrastructure, then let’s get started.


About the Author

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Guy launched his first training website in 1995 and he's been helping people learn IT technologies ever since. He has been a sysadmin, instructor, sales engineer, IT manager, and entrepreneur. In his most recent venture, he founded and led a cloud-based training infrastructure company that provided virtual labs for some of the largest software vendors in the world. Guy’s passion is making complex technology easy to understand. His activities outside of work have included riding an elephant and skydiving (although not at the same time).