Google Cloud VouchersAs of January, 2020, you cannot make Windows servers for free on the Google Cloud. However, CCSF students can get vouchers for $50 worth of cloud service.
Here is the URL you will need to access in order to request a Google Cloud Platform coupon. You will be asked to provide your school email address and name. An email will be sent to you to confirm these details before a coupon is sent to you.
You will be asked for a name and email address ending in ccsf.edu
A confirmation email will be sent to you with a coupon code.
You can request a coupon from the URL and redeem it until 5/15/2020.
Coupon valid through: 1/15/2021
You can only request ONE code per unique email address.
Also, you will be required to enable billing to create a Windows server. I think that means you will have to remember to turn it off before the free trial runs out.
WarningThis server uses a lot of Google resources, so it burns through your $300 free trial rapidly. I strongly recommend shutting this server down when not in use.
In the left sidebar, click "Compute Engine" and then "VM instances".
Click "Create Instance"
Type in a name of "win16-yourname", replacing yourname with your name, or whatever you want.
Click "Change" next to "Boot Disk".
Under "OS Images" scroll to and select:
Under your new Windows instance, click "RDP" and click "Set Windows Password"
Leave the username to its default setting (probably your Google account name) and then click "SET"
Copy the password for the account and save it in a safe place. Click "Close".
Click "RDP" next to your Windows Instance and "Download the RDP File".
Choose "Open APP Store" in the popup.
Click "GET" when the App Store loads.
You may have to enter in our Apple iCloud account password to install Microsoft RDP depending on your security settings.
After getting RDP setup on your Windows or MAC computer,
locate the RDP file you downloaded earlier and open it (double clicking it should load RDP automatically).
If you get the error "We couldn't connect to the remote PC. Make sure the PC is turned on and connected to the network, and that remote access is enabled." the machine could still be setting up.
Click "Continue" if you encounter "The certificate could not be verified to a root certificate".
Type in or paste the password that was generated earlier and click "Continue"
Again, click "Continue" if you encounter "The certificate could not be verified to a root certificate".
Your Windows RDP connection should load.
On your Windows Server 2016 desktop, in Server Manager, on the top right, click Tools, "Windows PowerShell", as shown below.
In PowerShell, execute this command:
A menu appears, as shown below. Enter these values:
The Command line opens and after a minute or two an "Update Settings" box pops up should pop up.
We want to allow that, so do these steps:
In Server Manager, on the left side, click "Local Server". On right side, find "IE Enhanced Security Configuration". Click the word On next to it, as shown below.
In the "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" box, click both Off buttons, as shown below.
Type in this command and then press the Enter key:
You should see information about your Windows version, as shown below. If is taking a while, click enter.
Right-Click on a MacTo right-click in the Windows session from a Mac, you need to enable "Secondary click" in Trackpad preferences, as shown below.