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Set Up

Deploy the Sandbox

In a new browser tab, navigate to the Cloud Operations Sandbox website and follow the instructions there:

Click the Open in Google Cloud Shell button. You might have to click Proceed on a second dialog if you haven’t run Cloud Shell before.

Additionally, there will be a window that opens asking whether you trust the custom container. Check the “Trust” box in order to authenticate.


After the shell starts, the Cloud Operations Sandbox repository is cloned to your shell container, and you are placed in the cloud-ops-sandbox/terraform directory. The installer script should start running automatically.

The installer script performs the following tasks:

  • Enables the necessary GCP features
  • Creates a GCP project named “Cloud Operations Sandbox Demo”
  • Creates and configures a GKE cluster and deploys the microservices that make up the Hipster Shop application
  • Starts a Compute Engine instance and runs Locust, a load-generator application

The installation process takes a few minutes. When it completes, you see a message like the following:

Cloud Operations Sandbox deployed successfully!

     Google Cloud Console GKE Dashboard:<project ID>
     Google Cloud Console Monitoring Workspace:<project ID>
     Hipstershop web app address: http://XX.XX.XX.XX
     Load generator web interface: http://XX.XX.XX.XX

The URLs in this message tell you where to find the results of the installation:

A Workspace will be created automatically for your project if you don’t have one already, so you don’t have to do anything explicitly with this URL.

  • The Google Cloud Console GKE Dashboard URL takes you to the Kubernetes Engine console for your deployment.

  • The Google Cloud Console Monitoring Workspace URL takes you to the Cloud Monitoring console for your deployment.

  • The Hipster Shop URL takes you to the storefront.

  • The load generator URL takes you to an interface for generating synthetic traffic to Hipster Shop.

Recovering from session timeout

Should your Cloud Shell session timeout due to user inactivity, you will need to launch the custom Cloud Shell image to access the sandboxctl command. Click the

Open in Cloud Shell

button from the Cloud Operations Sandbox homepage to restart the custom Cloud Shell