The Google Apps Synchronization app synchronizes the users, groups and passwords on your ClearOS system with your Google Apps domain. Whether you add new users to a group or change a user password, these changes will synchronize to the cloud.
Please note, the synchronization tool is not available for the free version of Google Apps… sorry.
If your system does not have this app available, you can install it via the Marketplace.
You can find this feature in the menu system at the following location:
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The first thing you need to do is configure Google Apps to allow synchronization. To lay the groundwork, you first need to download the security certificate needed that was generated by the ClearOS system:
With your security certificate in hand, you are now ready to configure your Google Apps domain.
With the security configuration complete, the next step is to configure user/group provisioning. Continuing from the Google Apps Administrator's control panel:
That is all that needs to be done in Google Apps. Go back to the ClearOS web-based interface and enter your Google Apps domain name. Click on the Configure and Authorize button to start the authorization process. If you are not logged in, you will be shown the standard Google Apps login page. Go ahead an login. At this point, you should see a page similar to screenshot shown.
Click on the Grant Access button and the connection between Google Apps and your ClearOS system will be complete! Next step - checking the synchronization.
Before enabling automatic synchronization, you can test the process using the web-based administration tool in ClearOS.
In most cases, you will see the following error:
The Google Apps administrator account cannot be suspended
That makes sense (I hope!). Follow the link to create the account on your ClearOS system. Please make sure the Google Apps option is enabled when you create the user!
Go ahead and create a user with Google Apps enabled and then re-run the synchronization test. One you are happy with the results, perform a synchronization and please read the following warning:
<note warning>It can take several minutes for a user or group change to appear in Google Apps. Please be patient.</note>
Groups are also synchronized to Google Apps:
After the synchronization is complete, it will take a minute or two to see the results in the Google Apps administration portal. If you would like external users to be able to e-mail groupname@your_domain.com, you need to update this policy in the Google Apps portal. By default, the mailing list is only available to internal users.
The final step in Google Apps Synchronization is the easiest. Please make sure automatic synchronization is enabled. This is especially important to catch the password changes that can be triggered by an end user.
In order to protect against losing user data, a user is put into suspended mode if Google Apps is disabled from the ClearOS User Manager. In order to completely delete the user, please use the Google Apps administrator interface to do so. You can also restore the user if the deletion was unintended.
You will see this error if you try to create a user that already exists, but is suspended. See Managing Users above. search?q=clearos%2C%20clearos%20content%2C%20Google%20Apps%20Synchronization%2C%20app-google-apps%2C%20clearos6%2C%20userguide%2C%20categoryserver%2C%20subcategorymessagingandcollaboration%2C%20maintainer_dloper&btnI=lucky