lab challenge

Google Cloud Scaling Applications Challenge

Up to 1h 30m
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In this lab challenge, you will need to prove your knowledge of highly available and scalable applications by creating infrastructure on Google Compute Engine. The objectives you will need to achieve represent essential skills that a Google Certified Associate Cloud Engineer and Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect need to have. You'll be given a desired end state and be required to reach it using your knowledge of the Google Compute Engine service. This lab challenge simulates building a solution in a real-world scenario. As with any real-world scenario, this lab will not guide you through the steps needed to complete it.


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August 1st, 2023 - Addressed user ban issue and promptly added a warning

February 2nd, 2022 - Updated OS specifications in step and validation check function due to CentOS 8 deprecation


  • Good Knowledge of Google Compute Engine services

Intended audience

  • Candidates for the Google Associate Cloud Engineer exam
  • Candidates for the Google Professional Cloud Architect exam
  • Google Cloud practioners

What will be assessed

  • Google Cloud Compute Engine Instance Templates
  • Google Cloud Compute Engine Instance Groups
  • HTTP(S) Load Balancers

About the author

Learning paths

Stefano studies Computer Science and is passionate about technology. He loves working with Cloud services and learning all the best practices for them. Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services are the cloud providers he prefers. He is a Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer. Node.js is the programming language he always uses to code. When he's not involved in studying or working, Stefano loves riding his motorbike and exploring new places.

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Google Cloud Scaling Applications Challenge