Should i should down my VM instance on GCP so that I am not billed ? or just closing the remote desktop on GCP is enough?

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I am using Google compute engine  provided by GCP to create a Windows machine and connected to it via remote desktop. When I do not want to work on it, Is it compulsory to disconnect or shutdown the machine? since its cost per hour decreases from my credit free $300. I am afraid to try disconnect or shutdown and become did not able to connect to it again.
Sep 23 in GCP by Karan
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Continuously make a point to shut down any Compute Engine instances (for your situation, the Windows virtual machine) that you're not effectively utilizing in the event that you would prefer not to be charged for them. 

Disengaging from Remote Desktop isn't sufficient, as the instance will even now be running. 

Try not to stress over having the option to restart it once more. Google Cloud makes that extremely simple to do. 

  • When you need to begin your instance back up, go to the Google Cloud console (https://console.cloud.google.com). 

  • Since you can have numerous projects, and since you can make diverse virtual machines in various projects, you should ensure you're in the right project. 

  • In the blue title bar to one side of the "Google Cloud Platform" banner click the dropdown list to choose your project (in case you're new to GCP you will presumably just have one project to browse). 

  • Next, click the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner) and choose "Compute Engine". That will take you to a screen that will display all of your Compute Engine instances. 

  • Click on the checkbox to one side of the instance, and from the toolbar to one side of the title "VM instances" click the triangle symbol (when you float over it, a tooltip will spring up that reads "Start"). 

  • A window will pop up to notify you that you will be charged for the running instance. 

  • Click "Start".  You will see a circle start to spin next to your instance. 

  • When it transforms into a green checkmark, your virtual machine is running. At that point, you can tap on "RDP" to connect with your remote desktop session. 

  • Again, unless you want to keep your virtual machine running to service clients, be sure to shut it down when you're done so that you minimize the cost.

answered Sep 23 by Sirajul
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