Below are answers to some common questions about the technical deployment of Google Apps

What are the differences between groups, organizations, alternate domains, and domain aliases?

UsageExample
Organizations Organizations allow you to set policies.Students
Staff
Groups Groups are mailing lists.EnglishTeachers@shs.edu
BiologyStudents@sunset.org
Alternate domains Divide users into separate domains for branding reasons.shs.edu (staff)
sunset.org (students)
Domain aliases Every user receives a two email addresses -- one for the primary domain and one for the domain alias.Not commonly used by K12s

How do I block inappropriate Gadgets in Google Sites?

Certain Google properties, such as Google Sites, allow users to access community-created Gadgets. Some schools The Feed Server Client Tool (FSCT) allows administrators to set which gadgets may be accessed within their domain. You can read more about this at http://edutraining.googleapps.com/Training-Home/module-5-sites/chapter-3/8-4.

How do I lock password changes?

Some school districts want to block users from changing their Google Apps passwords. To achieve this, specify a ‘Change Password URL’ in the single sign-on settings page; when users attempt to change their password, this will redirect them to the supplied URL.


If we are planning to block YouTube, how do I enable my students to still access YouTube's educational content? 

We recommend implementing YouTube for Schools, which gives you a way to access educational videos from inside your school network. By enabling the program, schools gain access to a broad set of educational videos on YouTube EDU and the ability to select the specific videos that are accessible from within the school network. Schools can sign up at YouTube.com/schools and learn more by visiting our YouTube for Schools FAQs or Product Forum