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Setting up a Google Cloud Platform Environment
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Google Cloud Platform provides a suite of resources and services that run on the same infrastructure that Google uses to run its own products, such as Google Search and YouTube. The services offered to access GCP resources include compute, storage, networking, big data, and machine learning.

In this course, you will learn how to create and set up new GCP projects and how to give users permission to access project resources by assigning them to roles such as owner and editor. You will also learn how to enable APIs, set up budgets, and monitor spending.

Learning Objectives

  • Create and manage cloud projects
  • Create and add users to projects
  • Assign permissions to users
  • Enable APIs for a project
  • Set up budgets and monitor spending

Intended Audience

  • Google Cloud Platform Administrators
  • People who want to get GCP certified (eg: Associate Cloud Engineer)


  • Admin access to a GCP account is highly recommended

I hope you enjoyed learning about how to set up a Google Cloud Platform environment. Let's do a quick review. 

First, I showed you how to create and delete projects.  You will use projects to manage and organize your GCP account.

Second, I showed you how to create user accounts and to assign them permissions via roles.  You should try to remember the three types of roles: Basic, Predefined, and Custom.  Basic roles include the Browser, Viewer, Editor, and Owner roles.  Basic roles are simple to use and understand, but not very secure to use in any sort of real environment.  Predefined roles are more granular and are broken up into smaller groups of permissions.  If a predefined role matches your need, use that.  Otherwise, you can create your own custom roles for when you need something special.  It is highly recommended that you avoid using basic roles, and choose predefined or custom roles instead.

Third, we covered enabling APIs to give you access to different Google services.  These services include all kinds of things, including compute, storage, networking, and many more.  You can control which resources a project has access to by enabling or disabling the associated API.

Fourth, I showed you how to add a billing account.  Billing accounts allow you to specify how you will pay for the services consumed in each project.  Projects can share the same billing account, or can have different accounts, depending upon your needs.  You can set up spending alerts for a project by setting a budget.  And you analyze your spending habits by performing a billing export.

If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend reading the GCP Resource Manager documentation and trying out some of the “How-to guides” at https://cloud.google.com/resource-manager.

Well, that’s all I have for you today.  Remember to give this course a rating, and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.  Thanks for watching, and make sure to check out our many other courses at Cloud Academy!

About the Author
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Daniel began his career as a Software Engineer, focusing mostly on web and mobile development. After twenty years of dealing with insufficient training and fragmented documentation, he decided to use his extensive experience to help the next generation of engineers.

Daniel has spent his most recent years designing and running technical classes for both Amazon and Microsoft. Today at Cloud Academy, he is working on building out an extensive Google Cloud training library.

When he isn’t working or tinkering in his home lab, Daniel enjoys BBQing, target shooting, and watching classic movies.

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