GCP Create Instance From Snapshot

There are two steps in creating an instance from a snapshot.

  1. Create a disk from snapshot
  2. Create an instance from the disk

Create a disk from snapshot.

gcloud compute disks create "hostname-boot" \
--project "project-id" \
--zone "us-central1-a" \
--source-snapshot "snapshot-name" \
--type "pd-standard" \
--size "100"

Create an instance from disk.

gcloud beta compute instances create hostname \
--project=project-id \
--zone=us-central1-a \
--subnet=your-subnetwork \
--machine-type=n1-standard-1 \
--no-address \
--maintenance-policy=MIGRATE \
--service-account=service.account@developer.gserviceaccount.com \
--disk=name=instance-1,device-name=instance-1,mode=rw,boot=yes,auto-delete=yes \
--reservation-affinity=any \
--labels=builtby=john.doe \
--tags=web \
--scopes= \

GCP Convert Standard to SSD

How to convert Persistent Standard disk to SSD.

First create a snapshot of the disk.

gcloud compute disks snapshot your-server \
--snapshot-names manual-snapshot-disk-1 \
--project your-project \
--zone us-central1-c

Restore snapshot to SSD format.

gcloud compute disks create disk-1-ssd \
--source-snapshot manual-snapshot-disk-1 \
--project your-project \
--zone us-central1-a \
--type pd-ssd \
--size 10GB

Swap disks using GCP attach and detach.

Chroot A Boot Disk

Here’s a quick way to chroot another boot disk. Attach the rescued boot disk first. Run lsblk and mount.

mount -t xfs -o nouuid /dev/xvdf2 /mnt
mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
chroot /mnt
cd /mnt

Unmount when done.

umount /mnt/proc
umount /mnt/dev
umount /mnt/sys
umount /mnt

GCP Create Images

Here’s how to create a GCP Disk Image from a Boot Drive.

  • First, stop the instance.
  • If you can’t, stop the applications/database from writing to disks.
  • Run sudo sync .

Create From Disk

gcloud compute images create the-new-image-name \
   --source-disk the-source-boot-disk \
   --source-disk-zone us-central1-a \
   --family the-image-family \

Create From Image

gcloud compute images create the-new-image-name \
  --source-image the-source-image \
  --source-image-project the-project-where-the-image-is-located \
  --family the-image-family

Create From Snapshot

gcloud compute images create the-new-image-name \
  --source-snapshot the-source-snapshot

For more info.

GCP Create Disk from Snapshot

Here’s how to create a disk from a snapshot via Google SDK.

gcloud compute disks create new-server-disk-2 \
--project=project-name \
--source-snapshot=server-disk-2 \