Launching the Cloud Shell

The Cloud Shell can be launched from the Cloud Console via the Activate Google Cloud Shell button on the top right of the Cloud Console UI. Your first time launching the Cloud Shell will take a few moments while a Compute Engine VM and persistent disk are provisioned for you. This time will decrease in subsequent sessions, as shown in the following screenshot:

The Google Cloud Shell

The Google Cloud Shell shown in the preceding screenshot is an interactive shell that offers a full Terminal experience in the browser. Various tools and actions are available along the top of the Cloud Shell window.

After establishing ...

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