When Wed Aug 21 7pm — 9pm
Where Lecture Hall
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What In this 2 hour class you're going to build an application server using a Google alternative to AWS, Google Cloud Platform's always free f1-micro Compute Engine instance that will be yours to keep and use for free, forever.
Host Mark Havens


  • Cost: $5.00
  • Restrictions:
    • DMS members only

Cancellations for this event must be made before August 21, 2019 — 7:00pm.

Registration for the event is closed.

About this Event

Regular seats for this class are available at https://www.meetup.com/Tech-Trends-Training/events/263659637/

Learn about Google's alternative to AWS. The future is in the MultiCloud! It pays to know more than Amazon AWS!

In this session, you will build your own free Virtual Machine (VM) Linux server in the cloud that's yours to take home! (figuratively speaking...) The VM that you will build is available for free, forever, to anyone with the knowledge and skill to set one up. Join us in this class, and we walk through the process of creating one of your own, step-by-step.

We will be hacking Google Cloud's always free tier that includes a virtual machine as part of Google Cloud Platform's (GCP) Compute Engine IaaS service. As a bonus, Google will give us 300 bucks of free GCP service that can be used anytime within the next year. Keep these credits to use on your own projects, for practicing GCP on your own, or for use in future GCP training classes similar to this one.


Any experience with networking or Linux would be helpful in learning and retaining the material, but this is an introductory class with no formal technical requirements. Knowing how to navigate a web page is sufficient. We will walk through everything, step-by-step; any questions will be answered during class, no matter how basic.

What to bring:

- Your laptop
- Valid credit card (for use in GCP account registration; no charges will be made)

What you'll build:

A web or application server on Google Cloud Platform that you can do something cool with, while keeping it online, for free, forever.

Always Free GCP VM Specs:

1 vCPU
614 MB memory
30 GB storage
1 GB monthly egress traffic
Unlimited ingress traffic
Linux (We'll be using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS minimal)
Hosted in a Google-owned, US datacenter!

What you'll learn:

- Overview of GCP, GAE, and GCE
- Low spec VM use case
- GCP account creation
- Overview of the gcloud command line
- Creating a free VM without being billed (because Google won't mind if you're billed by mistake)
- Creating a swap file to help compensate for low memory
- Access control policy management
- SSH configuration
- Installing an out of spec application server, web server, or service (suggestions welcome)