May 26, 2018

Guest Environment for Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine offers scripts and daemons which run in the background and provides the following services

  • Accounts daemon to setup and manage user accounts, and to enable SSH key based authentication.
  • Clock skew daemon to keep the system clock in sync after VM start and stop events.
  • Instance setup scripts to execute VM configuration scripts during boot.
  • IP forwarding daemon that integrates network load balancing with forwarding rule changes into the guest.
  • Metadata scripts to run user provided scripts at VM startup and shutdown.
  • Network setup service to enable multiple network interfaces on boot.

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