How to get R-Developer Kit on GCP(Google Cloud Platform)

This section describes how to launch and connect to R-Developer Kit in a Google Compute environment.

  1. Open R-Developer Kit listing on GCP Marketplace
  2. Click Launch.
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    • Select a zone where you want to launch the VM(such as us-east1-)
    • Optionally change the number of cores and amount of memory. ( This defaults to 1 vCPUs and 3.75 GB ram)
    • Optionally change the boot disk type and size. (This defaults to 'Standard Persistent Disk' and 20 GB respectively)
    • Optionally change the network name and subnetwork names. Be sure that whichever network you specify has ports 22 (for ssh), 3389 (for RDP) and 80 (for HTTP) exposed.
    • Click Deploy when you are done.

      R-Developer Kit will begin deploying.


  4. A summary page displays when the compute engine is successfully deployed. Click on the Instance link to go to the instance page .

  5. On the instance page, click on the "SSH" button, select "Open in browser window".

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  7. This will open SSH window in a browser.
  8. Run below command to set the password for "ubuntu" user
  9. sudo passwd ubuntu


  10. Now the password for ubuntu user is set, you can connect to the VM's desktop environment from any local windows machine using RDP protocol.

  11. To connect using RDP via Windows machine, first note the external IP of the VM from VM details page as highlighted below

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  13. Then From your local windows machine, goto "start" menu , in the search box type and select "Remote desktop connection"

  14. In the "Remote Desktop connection" wizard, paste the external ip and click connect

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  16. This will connect you to the VM's desktop environment. Provide "ubuntu" as the userid and the password set in step 6 to authenticate. Click OK

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  18. Now you are connected to the out of box R-Developer Kit environment.

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  1. To install R-Studio, Click on “installrstudio” icon on desktop, wait for it to finish.

  2. /img/gcp/r-studio-support/installrstudio.png

  3. Once the installation is finished, refresh desktop (F5), and click on “Rstudio” , it should open R-Studio.
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  5. After R-studio is installed successfully, delete the installrstudio script from the desktop.
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    confirm the message


    Script is deleted from desktop