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Google Cloud Updates on December 15, 2021

Cloud Load Balancing

Feature: Internal TCP/UDP Load Balancing now allows you to configure a connection tracking policy for the load balancer’s backend service. A connection tracking policy introduces the following new properties to let you customize your load balancer’s connection tracking behavior:

  • Tracking mode
  • Connection persistence on unhealthy backends
  • Idle timeout

To learn about how connection tracking works, see Traffic distribution.

This feature is available in General Availability.

Cloud Monitoring

Changed: The Slack notification channel for alerting is now generally available (GA). You can now test your connection from Google Cloud when adding new Slack channels. The notification has been updated with the latest template and now includes your resource, system, and user labels. For more information, see Creating channels.

Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL

Feature: PostgreSQL version 14 is now generally available. To start using PostgreSQL 14, see Create instances.

Cloud Storage

Changed: Public Access Prevention is now in GA.

Changed: orgpolicy.policy.get permission is now included in certain Cloud Storage IAM roles.

  • This permission is now included in the following roles when they’re set at the project-level: Storage Object Creator, Storage Object Admin, Storage HMAC Key Admin, and Storage Admin.
  • This permission allows principals to know the organizational policy constraints that a project is subject to.

Compute Engine

Feature: Generally available: When rolling out configuration or application updates to a stateful or stateless managed instance group, use the minimum and most disruptive allowed actions to control disruption to your workload.

Feature: Public preview: You can use the gcloud tool or API to configure stateful IP addresses in a managed instance group. Stateful IP addresses are preserved when VM instances in the group are autohealed, updated, and recreated.


Feature: Dialogflow CX auto sync for agent collaboration is now GA (generally available).

Feature: Dialogflow CX change history is now GA (generally available).

Feature: The Dialogflow CX simulator now allows you to specify flow versions when interacting with the simulator.

Google Cloud VMware Engine

Feature: Added ability to forward syslog messages of a desired severity (like Error or Warning) to Cloud Logging from NSX-T. You can set up alerts and dashboards based on those messages in Google Cloud’s operations suite.

For details about this feature, see Configure a private cloud for syslog forwarding.

SAP on Google Cloud

Announcement: Monitoring agent for SAP HANA, version 2.2

Version 2.2 of the monitoring agent for SAP HANA is now available. This version updates the JRE that is used by the agent.

For more information, see Monitoring agent for SAP HANA.

Announcement: Google Cloud monitoring agent for SAP NetWeaver, version 2.1

Version 2.1 of the monitoring agent for SAP NetWeaver is now available. This version updates the JRE that is used by the agent and fixes an issue when upgrading.

For more information, see SAP NetWeaver Planning Guide.

Announcement: Backint agent for SAP HANA version 1.0.15

Version 1.0.15 of the Google Cloud Backint agent for SAP HANA is now available. Version 1.0.15 updates internal libraries used by the agent.

For more information about the agent, see Cloud Storage Backint agent for SAP HANA overview.

Virtual Private Cloud

Feature: When you create a custom mode VPC network, you can select predefined firewall rules which address common use cases for connectivity to instances. This feature is available in General Availability.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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