UniFi – Install a UniFi Cloud Controller on Google Cloud Platform Compute Engine

Let’s see this time how to set up the UniFi Controller software on GCP with very simple steps.

Step 1 : Go the following website https://console.cloud.google.com/ and register . You will receive 300$ of Google credits that can be used in the first 12 month, but more importantly the free tier  !

Step 2: Once you have your account up and running you can provision a Linux Instance clicking on the big “Compute Engine” and VM instances

Step 3: After you selected the Virtual Machine just give to it a name,, choose a data center near to where you live, pick as size the micro (free!), as OS pick Ubuntu 16.04

Step 4: Set the a network tag for this Instance it will be used later and set ssh keys if needed ( you can do everything with the web ssh console without having to specify this)

Step 5: In the additional settings leave everything to the default values and finally hit the create button!

Step 6: After few seconds your Instance is ready and you should be able to see it running , write down the Public IP Address because you will need it shortly.

Step 7: Now we have to setup the open ports in order to have the Controller working correctly.

First go the the VPC network tab of your account and select Firewall Rules:

Here add a firewall rule specific for your controller instance using the Target tag that we defined early, put 0.0.0.0/0 as IP range to allow connections from any IP and set those ports to be open:

tcp:8443;tcp:8080;tcp:8843;tcp:8880;tcp:6789;udp:3478 .  

Here a screenshot of those settings:

Step 8: Connect with the web console ssh and install the Unifi controller software with those commands:

echo “deb http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/debian unifi5 ubiquiti” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv 06E85760C0A52C50

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install unifi

Step 9: Connect to the controller web interface located here https://IP_Address:8443/ and complete the UniFi wizard:

Finally you may now proceed to adopt your UniFi devices using Layer 3 Adoption !

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