To install GitHub Enterprise on Google Cloud Platform, you must deploy onto a supported machine type and use a persistent standard disk or a persistent SSD.
Before installing GitHub Enterprise on Google Cloud Platform, ensure you meet these software and hardware requirements.
- You must have a Google Cloud Platform account capable of launching Google Compute Engine (GCE) VM instances.
- You must have a GitHub Enterprise license file. To download an existing license file or request a trial license, visit enterprise.github.com.
See these articles in the Google Cloud Platform documentation for additional information:
- Creating and Starting an Instance
- Configuring an Instance's IP Addresses
- Adding or Resizing Persistent Disks or Adding Local SSDs
Based on your seat count, we recommend this hardware configuration:
|Seats||vCPUs||Memory||Attached Storage||Root Storage|
|10-500||2||16 GB||100 GB||200 GB|
|500-3000||4||32 GB||250 GB||200 GB|
|3000-5000||8||64 GB||500 GB||200 GB|
|5000-8000||12||72 GB||750 GB||200 GB|
|8000-10000+||16||128 GB||1000 GB||200 GB|
These are minimum recommendations. More resources may be required depending on your usage, such as user activity and selected integrations.
Note: The root disk cannot be resized without building a new appliance. For more information, see "Increasing the root partition size."
Warning: We recommend you use webhooks to fetch repository changes for continuous integration (CI) or similar systems. Regular automatic checks, or polling, will significantly reduce the scalability of your instance.
Determining the machine type
Before launching your GitHub Enterprise instance on Google Cloud Platform, you'll need to determine the machine type that best fits the needs of your organization.
Supported Machine Types
GitHub Enterprise is supported on the following GCE machine types:
For more information, see the Google Cloud Platform machine types article.
Recommended machine types
Based on your seat count, we recommend these machine types:
|Seat Range||Recommended Type|
|10 - 500||n1-standard-4|
|500 - 3000||n1-standard-8|
|3000 - 5000||n1-highmem-8|
|5000 - 8000||n1-highmem-16|
|8000 - 10000+||n1-highmem-32|
Note: You can always scale up your CPU or memory by resizing your instance. However, because resizing your CPU or memory requires downtime for your users, we recommend over-provisioning resources to account for scale.
Selecting the GitHub Enterprise image
Using the gcloud compute command-line tool, list the public GitHub Enterprise images.
gcloud compute images list --project github-enterprise-public --no-standard-images
Take note of the image name for the latest GCE image of GitHub Enterprise.
Configuring the firewall
GCE virtual machines are created as a member of a network, which has a firewall. You must configure the firewall for the network associated with the GitHub Enterprise VM to allow these ports:
|22||SSH||Git over SSH access. Clone, fetch, and push operations to public/private repositories supported.|
|25||SMTP||SMTP with encryption (STARTTLS) support.|
|80||HTTP||Web application access. Note that all requests are redirected to the HTTPS port when SSL is enabled.|
|122||SSH||Instance shell access. Note that the default SSH port (22) is dedicated to application git+ssh network traffic.|
|161/UDP||SNMP||Required for network monitoring protocol operation.|
|443||HTTPS||Web application and Git over HTTPS access.|
|1194/UDP||VPN||Secure replication network tunnel in High Availability configuration.|
|8080||HTTP||Plain-text web based Management Console. Not required unless SSL is disabled manually|
|8443||HTTPS||Secure web based Management Console. Required for basic installation and configuration.|
|9418||Git||Simple Git protocol port. Clone and fetch operations to public repositories only. Unencrypted network communication.|
To create a network with firewall rules to allow these ports using gcloud compute command-line tool, run these commands:
gcloud compute networks create NETWORK-NAME --mode auto gcloud compute firewall-rules create RULE-NAME \ --network NETWORK-NAME \ --allow tcp:22,tcp:25,tcp:80,tcp:122,udp:161,tcp:443,udp:1194,tcp:8080,tcp:8443,tcp:9418,icmp
Allocating a static IP and assigning it to the VM
If this is a production appliance, we strongly recommend reserving a static external IP address and assigning it to the GitHub Enterprise VM. Otherwise, the public IP address of the VM will not be retained after restarts.
Both primary and replica appliances should be assigned separate static IP addresses in production High Availability configurations.
Creating a GCE instance
GitHub Enterprise requires a persistent data disk separate from the root disk. Use the gcloud compute command-line tool to create a data disk, and then create an instance with that disk attached.
This example creates a 250GB persistent SSD for data and a
n1-standard-8 GCE instance with that disk attached in the specified zone:
gcloud compute disks create DATA-DISK-NAME --size 250GB --type pd-ssd --zone ZONE gcloud compute instances create INSTANCE-NAME \ --machine-type n1-standard-8 \ --image GITHUB-ENTERPRISE-IMAGE-NAME \ --disk name=DATA-DISK-NAME \ --metadata serial-port-enable=1 \ --zone ZONE \ --network NETWORK-NAME \ --image-project github-enterprise-public
Starting the appliance
- Once your appliance is running, copy the VM's public DNS name and paste it into a web browser.
- Configure the GitHub Enterprise appliance.