Table of Contents

  1. Accessing the Cloud Shell
  2. Copying the Google Cloud image to your Compute Instance
  3. Checking the status of the image
  4. Creating the Google Cloud Instance
  5. Select a zone
  6. Editing the Cloud Instance
  7. Allow HTTP traffic
  8. Running the Cloud Instance

Accessing the Cloud Shell

Your first step would be to log in to Google Cloud Platform with your Google account (create one if you don’t already have one). Sign up for a free trial (credit card required for verification only).

Note: Make sure that you have the Compute Engine API enabled! You would have to enable the Compute Engine by selecting the tour or you may be able to do it by clicking on your Dashboard and selecting Customize and clicking the slider for the Compute Engine. (It may take a couple minutes to be enabled)

Once logged in, you will want to click on the Activate Google Cloud Shell icon on the top right of the page (which looks the icon)

Copying the Google Cloud image to your Compute Instance

Enter the following command to create an image from the Google Cloud bucket (it may take a few minutes): Here biostats2 is the name of the image to be created.

gcloud compute images create biostats2 --source-uri gs://cunysph-biostat/bios2-image.tar.gz

The image file is about 1 GB large and can take quite some time to transfer an create the image on your Cloud Platform.

Checking the status of the image

Once created, you can check to see if the image is ready for use with the command:

gcloud compute images describe biostats2


You can open the side menu on the Google Cloud Platform website and select Images.

You should see status: READY in the output

Creating the Google Cloud Instance

Now you’re ready to create a computing instance with the image:

gcloud compute instancees create bios2-instance --image biostats2


You can create the instance by selecting the biostats2 image from the list of images and selecting Create Instance.

Select a zone

Select a zone in us-east1 by entering the numeric choice (from 11 to 13)


You will be able to customize the image settings after clicking on Create Instance.

Editing the Cloud Instance

In the web browser, select VM instances under the Compute Engine and find your bios2-instance.

Click on bios2-instance and then EDIT the instance at the top menu.

Allow HTTP traffic

Select the square button under Firewall for Allow HTTP traffic and click SAVE at the bottom.


This option is also available if you are using the Google Cloud Platform website after selecting Create Instance.

Select Create to run your instance.

Running the Cloud Instance

Now that your instance is running, click on the IP address for your instance under the External IP section.

You can now log in to the RStudio interface using the credentials cunybiostat for both username and password.

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