Welcome to the Running Linux Servers on Google Cloud course! In this course, you will learn about the different features and services that enable running Linux virtual machines on Google Cloud. We’ll begin with an introduction to some of the reasons for using Linux on the platform and review the Compute Engine service, which provides compute resources for creating and managing virtual machines. Once we are familiar with Compute Engine, we will configure and provision virtual machines, and see how to connect to running instances. Then, we will take a closer look at the Google Cloud storage services to see how we can use snapshots to back up our data and use those snapshots to create new disks and virtual machines. With the knowledge of creating and managing virtual machines, we will move on to identity and security. We will see how Google Cloud implements Identity and Access Management (IAM) and the features and services it provides to secure virtual machine instances. Finally, we will cover operational tasks, which include monitoring, logging, and deployment automation. After completing this course, you will have a broad understanding of the services provided by Google Cloud and the tools needed to run Linux servers on the platform.