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Google Cloud Networking Playground

Up to 4h
Free playExplore without specific objectives or guided instruction.
Real-world experiencePractice in a live, pre-configured sandbox environment.


Google Cloud offers the ability to create and configure a large number of networking resources and manage things like virtual machines inside your virtual networks to a very specific degree. Networking skills in Google Cloud are also essential for attaining certifications like the Professional Cloud Networking Engineer certification. For such certifications and in order to be able to build solutions in Google Cloud, a solid grasp of networking principles is needed.

The playground is a safe and secure sandbox environment for you to explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answer your own questions all without the need to install any software on your local machine. The extended duration of this playground provides you with ample time to play to your heart's content. The goal is to be able to experiment and learn with little start time or overhead. Feel free to experiment with creating and configuring virtual networks, subnets, firewall rules, NAT gateways, and cloud routers, as well as virtual machines inside those networks. You'll have the permissions necessary to create and manage networking resources, and virtual machines (of the f1-micro and n1-standard-1 types). You can deploy a maximum number of 5 instances in your GCP project. Enjoy!

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Google Cloud administrators
  • Cloud engineers and solutions architects
  • Individuals who need to deploy and maintain network infrastructure using Google Cloud


You may benefit from being familiar with the networking and compute services offered by Google Cloud. The following labs cover these topics:

About the author

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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 Networking Playground