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Learn how to connect GCP to SnapShooter for daily to hourly backups

Simon Bennett]
Simon Bennett
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2020
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# Overview

Learn how to connect your GCP Account to SnapShooter to perform daily to hourly backups of your GPC disks.

GCP manages disks differently to the other providers, and we enable configuration of individual backups per disk image.

# Connecting GCP To SnapShooter

We make use of GCP IAM to grant access. This allows you to grant just the right permissions to SnapShooter to perform snapshots.

Navigate to and press the Connect New GCP Account button.

You will be asked to provide a name, the GCP zone and to paste in a service account JSON to get connected.

You will need to create a new IAM user with the following permissions.

# Getting your Service Account JSON

  • Login to Google Cloud Platform
  • Navigate to the correct project
  • In left sidebar locate IAM & Admin then in the sub menu choose Service Accounts Service Accounts
  • In header press Create Service Account Create Service Account
  • Give it a name e.g. SnapShooter Name account
  • Next and select role Compute Admin (you can search for it) GCP role
  • Step 3 you can ignore and press done
  • Create a key Create a key
  • Choose JSON
  • A file will be downloaded
  • Open the file with a basic text editor and copy the contents
  • It should look like this Example key
  • Visit and paste it in to the JSON textarea

Once created, you can copy the keys and paste them into SnapShooter. We encrypt your keys to keep them secure.

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