Migrate GCP VM to another network

Here are the steps how to migrate a GCP VM from one network to another. It involves recreating the instance in that network.

  1. Find the VM. Click the ‘Create Similar’ button.
  2. Select the new network. Save Network. Everything else should stay the same.
  3. Don’t click Create, but get the ‘Create Similar’ command line script only. Click Cancel after.
  4. Make sure to edit the hostname. GCP appends a ‘-1’ at the end of hostname.
  5. Edit VM to keep all disks. Delete VM. Make sure to preserve boot drive.
  6. Run the ‘Create Similar’ command line script you capture to create new VM in the new network.
  7. The new VM will be based on golden image.
  8. Stop VM. Swap new disks with old disks.
  9. Start VM.
  10. Done.

Install GCP SDK

Here’s how to install Google Cloud Platform SDK on the following.

Centos, Fedora and Redhat

# Setup Repo
sudo tee -a /etc/yum.repos.d/google-cloud-sdk.repo << EOF
name=Google Cloud SDK
# Install
yum install google-cloud-sdk

For Debian, Ubuntu, Mint

# Create an environment variable for the correct distribution
export CLOUD_SDK_REPO="cloud-sdk-$(lsb_release -c -s)"
# Add the Cloud SDK distribution URI as a package source
echo "deb http://packages.cloud.google.com/apt $CLOUD_SDK_REPO main" \
  | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list
# Import the Google Cloud Platform public key
curl https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg \
  | sudo apt-key add -
# Update the package list and install the Cloud SDK
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk

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.

GCP Load Balancer Local Routing Table

Test if the GCP Load Balancer is working by sending a curl command from the backend VM.

Assume the load balancer IP address is, and the VM is called vm-a1.


The end result is …

Page served from: vm-a1

Make sure there’s an entry in the local table that matches the IP of the load balancer.

ip route show table local | grep

If not, add it.

ip route add to local dev eth0 proto 66