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I have set up Google Cloud as per the instructions for the class. Do I need to shutdown my instances every day in order to not exceed the costs and re-install everything the next day?

This is the second day, so I don't know the trends yet. It does take time to set up each node so I don't want to run out of the credit. I can spend maybe 45 minutes per day on average working on the exercises in this class.


  • It could be that I am misunderstanding how this works (🤞) and that free means free for the entire Trial period and the costs that I see are projected costs. Can someone confirm that hunch, or disabuse me of that notion?

  • chrispokornichrispokorni Posts: 979
    edited April 2020

    Hi @lyndsey.d.ferguson

    If you are concerned about accrued costs for resources used on GCP, it is always a good idea to shutdown your instances at the end of the day and start them up the next time you are ready to practice. It is the same as shutting down your workstation at the end of the day. The next day you boot it up, everything is still there.

    If you were to reset your instances, then you would lose some data, while deleting the instances would remove them together with all your work.

    For an explanation of the free tier and the $300 credit you receive for the first year, you can always check the GCP documentation:

    In order to see whether you incur any charges against your initial credit, you can explore the Billing menu of your GCP console.


  • As I'm following the instructions provided for the class, I have an Instance Group and 2 instances. The "Stop" button is disabled for the instances. It suggested removing them from the Instance Group, which I've done, and now have been able to stop the instances. Hopefully there is no reason to keep them in that Instance Group.

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