How to Use Google Managed Certificates on a Google Cloud Load Balancer

How to Use Google Managed Certificates on a Google Cloud Load Balancer

A stress-free way to manage HTTPS certificates in the cloud. At the time of writing this article, the new feature is still in BETA state.

Aa stress-free way to manage HTTPS certificates in the cloud

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Let Google Cloud manage the HTTPS certificate for your exposed service

Google Cloud offers a relatively new feature called “Google Managed Certificate” and the name promises that Google manages the certificate for you instead of you having to set up tools like cert-manager in your Kubernetes Cluster. Google promises that they will renew the certificates for you before they run out.

At the time of writing this article, the new feature is still in BETA state.

Let’s get started.


What you need:

  • Load Balancer that you want to have HTTPS enabled
  • Some workload, backend or website that should receive HTTPS traffic
  • A domain that you want to secure. The DNS entry for the domain must already be set up to point to the Load Balancer's external IP address.

Steps to a managed certificate:

  1. Please read through the whole article before you start. Just to make sure that you understand all steps so that you don’t end up with a broken domain, website, or Load Balancer.

  2. The procedure is normally risk-free, but some down-time of your services is to be expected.

  3. Open the Load Balancer that you want to secure and click the Edit button

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3. Open the Frontend configuration of the Load Balancer, click the HTTPS tab in the accordion on the right. In there, open the dropdown for the Certificate. Click on Create a new certificate.

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