John Hanley

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Google Cloud Certification Badges

I think that Google has done a nice job creating certification badges. Certify with Google Cloud and G Suite and get your own badges. Google Cloud Certified

Google Cloud Memorystore – Redis

Date created: April 17, 2019 Last updated: April 19, 2019 Introduction Redis (REmote DIctionary Server) is one of the most popular databases in the world. Redis is a Key Value dictionary. Google Cloud Memorystore is Google’s managed service for Redis…. Continue Reading →

Google Cloud Certified – Associate Cloud Engineer

Date created: March 22, 2019 Last updated: March 25, 2019 Today I took the Associate Cloud Engineer exam and passed. The exam was medium difficulty. However, I took this exam for granted and I did not study or prepare at… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – The Master Series

Date created: February 27, 2019 Last updated: March 2, 2019 Introduction This month I completed two beta Google certification exams (Security, Network) with another exam scheduled for March 11th. In preparing for these exams I realized that it is important… Continue Reading →

Google Professional Cloud Network Engineer Certification

Date created: February 10, 2019 Last updated: March 13, 2019 Update: March 13, 2019. I passed this certification. Update: February 21, 2019. Bad news. My work schedule has been so long each day that I have not been able to… Continue Reading →

Google Professional Cloud Security Engineer Certification

Date created: January 30, 2019 Last updated: May 5, 2019 Exam Completed: February 15, 2019 Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Post Exam Review Part 3: Daily Study Part 4: Tips and Advice Part 5: Final Exam Update March 29, 2019…. Continue Reading →

Google OAuth 2.0 – Testing with Curl – Refresh Access Token

In my earlier article on how to test Google OAuth 2.0 flows from the command line I showed how to generate Google OAuth 2.0 Access Token, Refresh Token, and ID Token. In this article, I will show how to refresh… Continue Reading →

Google OAuth 2.0 – Testing with Curl – Version 2

If you have ever wanted to test Google OAuth 2.0 flows from the command line, you will like this short article. This article is the second version. I wrote a previous article on using curl, but that version did not… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud IAM – Listing Projects

This article shows how to display a list of Google Cloud Projects that you have access to list. This article includes two examples in Python that use two different Google Cloud Python libraries. These examples produce the same output as the… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud IAM – Member Types

Google Cloud IAM supports several member types that can be authorized to access Google Cloud resources. The following member types can be added to Google Cloud IAM to authorize access to your Google Cloud Platform services. Google IAM Member Types:… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Creating OAuth Access Tokens for REST API Calls

The following example shows several important steps to call Google Cloud APIs without using an SDK in Python. Similar code works in just about any language (c#, java, php, nodejs). Change the source code with the filename of your service… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Converting Service Account Credentials from P12 to Json Format

I have written a number of articles about Google Cloud Credentials. For Service Account credentials, there are two on-disk formats: P12 and Json. This article shows how to convert these credentials from P12 to Json.

 

Google Cloud – Extracting Private Key from Service Account P12 Credentials

Google Service Account Credentials are available in two file formats: Json and P12. P12 is also known as PFX. The following code shows how to process a P12 file and split into Private Key and Certificate. This code also works… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Creating Access Tokens from Service Account P12 Credentials

Google Service Account Credentials are available in two file formats: Json and P12. P12 is also known as PFX. The following code shows how to use P12 credentials to list the buckets in Google Cloud Storage without using an SDK…. Continue Reading →

Google OAuth 2.0 – Testing with Curl

Introduction If you have ever wanted to test Google OAuth 2.0 flows from the command-line, you will like this short article. [Update: I thought about the problem below with the copy and paste requirement. I created a simple python web… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Creating and Authorizing Service Account Credentials with the CLI

This article is written for Windows, but the same principles apply to Linux and Mac. A service account is a special Google account that is used with applications or services, such as, Google Compute Engine. Service account credentials are stored… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Where are my credentials stored

Google Cloud stores your credentials in a database on your system. These credentials can then be used over and over. Google’s choice of a database means that the CLI and SDK tools can manage a huge number of credentials efficiently…. Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Setting up Gcloud with Service Account Credentials

In this article we will download and install the Google gcloud CLI. Then we will setup gcloud with Google Service Account credentials. This article is for Windows based system but the same principles apply to Linux and Mac systems. Step… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Understanding Gcloud Configurations

This article is written for Windows, but the same principles apply to Linux and Mac. I need to work with multiple Google Cloud accounts and be able to easily switch my credentials between accounts. For those of you with AWS… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud Private DNS Zones

On October 23, 2018, Google introduced private DNS zones for Google Cloud DNS. This is an important announcement as this keeps internal DNS names private. Today’s article covers how to implement this new feature in Google Cloud Platform. Update: May… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud Billing Catalog API

Google Cloud supports a Cloud Billing Catalog API. I have not worked with this API yet. Today, I plan to experiment. Documentation page to get started with Google Cloud Platform Pricing: Get Google Cloud Platform Pricing Information This API requires… Continue Reading →

Google Cloud – Debian 9 – Resize Root File System

In Google Cloud I often use Debian 9 Stretch for my test instances. Today I was wondering if this OS automatically resizes the root file system if I resize the VM instance disk. I also want to see if this… Continue Reading →

Comparing AWS & Google – IP Packet Forwarding

When you configure an instance that will forward packets, you need to change an option. The option name depends on the cloud vendor. Example usage would be a VPN, or NAT instance. Normally an instance is source or destination for… Continue Reading →

Let’s Encrypt – Debian 9 on Google Compute Instance

Let’s Encrypt is a Certificate Authority (CA) that issues free SSL certifications. I have used these certificates on web servers, cloud functions, load balancers, and many more. In this article I will show how to obtain an SSL certificate from… Continue Reading →

Google Compute – Install Stackdriver

Date created: October 26, 2018 Last updated: March 10, 2019 Note: I have written a newer version of the this article that goes much deeper into setting up Google Stackdriver on Compute Engine. Google Compute – Stackdriver Logging – Installation,… Continue Reading →

Google Compute – Startup Script Total Execution Time

I have been testing Google Compute VM instances with custom startup scripts. I wanted to figure out how long my startup scripts were taking to initialize an instance. The VM instance has Debian 9 Stretch as the OS. Knowing the… Continue Reading →

Understanding Google Cloud Storage Scopes

Google Cloud Storage uses scopes to determine what permissions an identity has on a specified resource. Google scopes are formatted as urls. There are three basic types: read-only, read-write and full-control. read-only Only allows access to read data, including listing… Continue Reading →

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