GCP Credentials

Before creating a cloud account for GCloud/GCP on the Aviatrix controller, follow the steps below to make sure you have the credentials set up for API calls.

1. Create a GCloud or GCP account (https://cloud.google.com/). Continue to the next step if you have already done so.

Note

The Controller supports multiple accounts with each account associated with a different GCloud projects, but there needs to be at least one account to start with.

2. Create a GCloud Project. Log in to your GCloud account at https://console.cloud.google.com/project and create a project. Continue to the next step if you have already created one. Note the project ID will be used in referencing to the project by the Aviatrix Controller.

(As an example, we created a project Aviatrix-UCC. The project ID is aviatrix-ucc-1214.)

Enabling Compute Engine API on the Selected Project

  1. Go to your Google Cloud Platform console, click on the dropdown menu in the top left, and select APIs and Services. At the Dashboard, click on **Enable APIs and Services.

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  1. On the Search box, enter “Compute Engine API” and select it from search results.

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  1. Click Enable.

Creating a Credential File

When you create a cloud account Aviatrix Controller for GCloud, you will be asked to upload a GCloud Project Credentials file. Follow the steps below to download the credential file from the Google Developer Console.

  1. Open the Credential page.

  2. Select the project you are creating credentials for.

  3. At Credentials, Click Create credentials and select Service account as shown below.

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  4. At the Service Accounts, enter a service account name and click Create. For Service account permissions, select Project, Editor, as shown below.

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  1. Select a service account. Select the KEYS tab, click on the ADD KEY dropdown menu, and select Create new key.
  2. Select the JSON radio button and click CREATE.
  1. Click Create. The credential file downloads to your local computer.
  2. Upload the Project Credential file to the Aviatrix Controller at the GCloud account create page.

Note: Creating a Service Account with Restricted Access

We recommend creating the service account with the Editor role as mentioned, but in some cases an organization might want to further restrict permission for the service account. In such a situation Aviatrix recommendation is to have at least following roles assigned to service account so that Aviatrix can perform its functions properly, such as managing the compute resources, route tables, firewall rules, shared service VPC network, etc.

  1. Compute Admin
  2. Service Account User
  3. Organization Administrator (required for GCP Shared VPC)
  4. Project IAM Admin (required for GCP Shared VPC)
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If an organization is currently using GCP Shared VPC or planning to use in future, then enabling Organization Administrator and Project IAM Admin is also required.

In addition to restricting the GCP roles, you can restrict the rights for those roles. You can grant roles permission to perform the following tasks:

compute.addresses.create
compute.addresses.createInternal
compute.addresses.delete
compute.addresses.deleteInternal
compute.addresses.get
compute.addresses.list
compute.addresses.use
compute.addresses.useInternal
compute.disks.create
compute.disks.get
compute.firewalls.create
compute.firewalls.delete
compute.firewalls.get
compute.firewalls.list
compute.firewalls.update
compute.forwardingRules.create
compute.forwardingRules.delete
compute.forwardingRules.list
compute.globalOperations.get
compute.healthChecks.create
compute.healthChecks.delete
compute.healthChecks.useReadOnly
compute.httpHealthChecks.get
compute.httpHealthChecks.useReadOnly
compute.images.list
compute.images.useReadOnly
compute.instanceGroups.create
compute.instanceGroups.delete
compute.instanceGroups.get
compute.instanceGroups.update
compute.instanceGroups.use
compute.instances.create
compute.instances.delete
compute.instances.get
compute.instances.list
compute.instances.setMachineType
compute.instances.setMetadata
compute.instances.setTags
compute.instances.start
compute.instances.stop
compute.instances.updateNetworkInterface
compute.instances.use
compute.networks.addPeering
compute.networks.create
compute.networks.delete
compute.networks.get
compute.networks.list
compute.networks.removePeering
compute.networks.updatePolicy
compute.projects.get
compute.projects.setCommonInstanceMetadata
compute.regionBackendServices.create
compute.regionBackendServices.delete
compute.regionBackendServices.get
compute.regionBackendServices.update
compute.regionBackendServices.use
compute.regionOperations.get
compute.routes.create
compute.routes.delete
compute.routes.list
compute.subnetworks.create
compute.subnetworks.delete
compute.subnetworks.get
compute.subnetworks.list
compute.subnetworks.use
compute.subnetworks.useExternalIp
compute.targetPools.addInstance
compute.targetPools.create
compute.targetPools.delete
compute.targetPools.get
compute.targetPools.removeInstance
compute.targetPools.use
compute.zoneOperations.get
compute.zones.list
iam.serviceAccounts.actAs
logging.logEntries.create
pubsub.subscriptions.consume
pubsub.subscriptions.create
pubsub.subscriptions.delete
pubsub.subscriptions.get
pubsub.topics.attachSubscription
pubsub.topics.create
pubsub.topics.delete
pubsub.topics.get
pubsub.topics.publish
resourcemanager.projects.get

Troubleshooting Tips

If the cloud account creation fails, check the error message on your Aviatrix Controller and try again with the steps provided in this document.

For additional support, please open a support ticket at Aviatrix Support Portal