Click the "TRY IT FREE" button.
On the next page, sign in to your Gmail account.
Agree to the terms.
Fill in the next page. You must enter a credit card number, but it says you won't be charged without agreeing to that later.
Click "START MY FREE TRIAL", as shown below.
A box says you have $300 in free trial credit, as shown below.
Click "GOT IT".
On the next pge, click "Compute Engine", as shown below.
The "VM instances" page appears, as shown below.
When it's ready, you see the screen shown below. Click Create.
In the "Create an instance" page, in the "Boot disk" section, click the Change button.
In the next screen, click "Windows Server 2016 Datacenter", as shown below, and click Select.
At the bottom of the page, click the Create button, as shown below.
A machine appears, named "instance-1", as shown below.
In the "Connect" column, click the drop-down arrow and click "Set Windows password", as shown below.
In the next screen, choose a username, as shown below. Click Set....
A box appears with your Windows password, as shown below. Copy it and save it somewhere, then click CLOSE.
In the "Connect" column, click the drop-down arrow and click "Download the RDP file", as shown below.
If you are using a Windows machine, the RDP client is already included.
If you are using a Mac, you might have an RDP client, or you might need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop 10.
Double-click the instance-1.rdp file to connect to the server via RDP.
TroubleshootingeThe CCSF network blocks RDP traffic, so you won't be able to use it to contact your Windows cloud server. You need to use a different network, or set up an SSH tunnel to conceal the nature of your traffic from the CCSF firewall.
A "Verify Certificate" box pops up, as shown below. Click Continue.
Enter your password and click OK, as shown below.
A Windows desktop appears, as shown below.
On the right side, in the Networks box, click Yes.
Windows Server Manager opens, as shown below.
Note the Manufacturer name, which is covered by a green box in the image below. Enter it into the form below.
TroubleshootingTo right-click in the Windows session from a Mac, you need to do this:
- At the top left of the desktop, click the Apple icon
- Click "System Preferences..."
- Click the Trackpad icon
- Enable "Secondary click" in Trackpad preferences, as shown below.
- Now click with two fingers on the trackpad to right-click