How to create a Service Account in the GCP Project

What is a Service Account

A Service Account is a special type of account within your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Project that is used by virtual machines or an application, instead of an individual end-user. Like a regular account, a Service account has assigned roles and permissions, access keys, billing, and so on.

Below is all the information you need to create a GCP service account for use with OWOX BI.

Create a GCP service account

Follow the procedure below to create a service account for OWOX BI.

Step 1. Go to the webpage https://console.cloud.google.com and select (or create) your Project in the top menu bar.

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Step 2. Browse to section IAM & Admin -> Service Accounts. Here you will see a list of current service accounts.

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Step 3. Click ‘+ CREATE SERVICE ACCOUNT’.

Important GCP users with iam.serviceAccounts.create and iam.serviceAccounts.list permissions can create service accounts.

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Step 4. Name your service account and click ‘Create’.

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Step 5. In the section, ‘Grant this service account access to the project’ add "BigQuery User" and "BigQuery Data Editor" roles.

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Step 6. Click ‘Continue’ to move on.

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Step 7. In the section, ‘Grant users access to this service account’ click ‘Create key’.

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Step 8. In the new pop-up select ‘JSON’ and click ‘Create’. The key is generated and placed in a JSON file.

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Step 9. Click ‘Create’ to finish setting up a key.

Step 10. And finally, click 'Done' to create your new service account.

You have now created a GCP service account with necessary roles, as well as a service account key in JSON format.

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