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Importing Virtual Disks into Google Compute Engine (GCE)

Note: Google Compute Engine supports importing virtual disks and virtual appliances by using the image import tool. For more information, see the import tool documentation

Some basic concepts to start with:

NOTE: Before attempting a virtual disk import, take a look at the known compatibility issues and our compatibility precheck tool below.

Compatibility and Known Limitations

Not every VM image will be importable to GCE. Some VMs will have issues after import.

Compatibility Precheck Tool

Image import has a long runtime, can fail due to incompatibilities, and can cause unexpected behavior post-import. As such, you may find it useful to run our precheck tool to check for the known issues listed above.