Google Compute Engine Project Usage Export Bucket

This page shows how to write Terraform for Compute Engine Project Usage Export Bucket and write them securely.

google_project_usage_export_bucket (Terraform)

The Project Usage Export Bucket in Compute Engine can be configured in Terraform with the resource name google_project_usage_export_bucket. The following sections describe 1 example of how to use the resource and its parameters.

Example Usage from GitHub
resource "google_project_usage_export_bucket" "this" {
  bucket_name = var.bucket_name
  prefix      = var.prefix
  project     = var.project

  dynamic "timeouts" {

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The bucket to store reports in.

  • id optional computed - string
  • prefix optional - string

A prefix for the reports, for instance, the project name.

The project to set the export bucket on. If it is not provided, the provider project is used.

Explanation in Terraform Registry

Sets up a usage export bucket for a particular project. A usage export bucket is a pre-configured GCS bucket which is set up to receive daily and monthly reports of the GCE resources used. For more information see the Docs and for further details, the API Documentation.

Note: You should specify only one of these per project. If there are two or more they will fight over which bucket the reports should be stored in. It is safe to have multiple resources with the same backing bucket.

Tips: Best Practices for The Other Google Compute Engine Resources

In addition to the google_compute_disk, Google Compute Engine has the other resources that should be configured for security reasons. Please check some examples of those resources and precautions.



Ensure the encryption key for your GCE disk is stored securely

It is better to store the encryption key for your GCE disk securely. Secret Manager could be used instead.



Ensure your VPC firewall blocks unwanted outbound traffic

It is better to block unwanted outbound traffic not to expose resources in the VPC to unwanted attacks.



Ensure appropriate service account is assigned to your GCE instance

It is better to create a custom service account for the instance and assign it.



Ensure OS login for your GCE instances is enabled at project level

It is better to enable OS login for your GCE instances. Enabling OS login ensures that SSH keys used to connect to instances are mapped with IAM users, allowing centralized and automated SSH key management.



Ensure to use modern TLS protocols

It's better to adopt TLS v1.2+ instead of outdated TLS protocols.



Ensure VPC flow logging is enabled

It is better to enable VPC flow logging. VPC flow logging allows us to audit traffic in your network.

Review your Google Compute Engine settings

In addition to the above, there are other security points you should be aware of making sure that your .tf files are protected in Shisho Cloud.

Frequently asked questions

What is Google Compute Engine Project Usage Export Bucket?

Google Compute Engine Project Usage Export Bucket is a resource for Compute Engine of Google Cloud Platform. Settings can be wrote in Terraform.

Where can I find the example code for the Google Compute Engine Project Usage Export Bucket?

For Terraform, the niveklabs/google source code example is useful. See the Terraform Example section for further details.