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Google Apps (Education Edition). A step guide to a successful deployment January 10 th , 2008. C alifornia T echnology A ssistance P roject www.ctap1.org. Agenda. Welcome and introductions Overview of agenda Questions/review of last Google training? Overview of prerequisites

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google apps education edition

Google Apps (Education Edition)

A step guide to a successful deployment

January 10th, 2008

California Technology Assistance Project

www.ctap1.org

agenda
Agenda
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Overview of agenda
  • Questions/review of last Google training?
  • Overview of prerequisites
  • Overview of administration setup steps
  • Start Page and Web Creator
  • Questions/feedback?
  • How do you envision using Google Apps?
  • Next steps?
  • CTAP Region 1 Online evaluation
prerequisites
Prerequisites
  • Must have a Domain name and prove ownership
      • ctap1.org
      • mcoe.us
  • Access to the DNS settings for your domain;

Or,

  • Upload an HTML file to verify domain ownership
browser support prerequisite
Browser Support Prerequisite
  • You can use any of the following browsers to access your control panel:
    • Internet Explorer 6.0 and later
    • Netscape 7.1 and later
    • Firefox 1.0 and later
    • Safari 1.3 and later
  • Regardless of your browser type, you must have:
    • Cookies enabled
    • JavaScript enabled
overview of 6 steps
Overview of 6 Steps
  • Step 1: Sign up and Sign in
  • Step 2: Domain Verification
  • Step 3: Customize Google Apps
  • Step 4: Create User Accounts
  • Step 5: Migrate Email MX record(if desired)
  • Step 6: Deploy Google Apps

Step guide also available at Google site:

http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/admins/resources/setup/

step 1 sign up and sign in
Step 1: Sign up and Sign in
  • Sign up for Google Apps at http://www.google.com/a/
    • Enter domain name and admin account info.
    • Google Apps with domain registration option
  • After sign up, receive an email from Google
  • Sign in to the administrative control panel.
  • Here you can:
    • Manage your user accounts
    • Customize Google Apps
    • Contact Google support team
  • To access the control panel, visit:http://www.google.com/a/your-domain/

http://www.google.com/a/mcoe.us (example)

http://www.google.com/a/ctap1.org (example)

step 2 domain verification
Step 2: Domain Verification
  • When, why, and how do I verify domain ownership?
    • Must complete to activate Google App services
    • Mcoe.us Google Apps (domain not verified)
    • Ctap1.org Google Apps (domain verified)
  • 2 Methods to Verify domain ownership
    • Upload an HTML file with a special valueOR,
    • Create a special DNS CNAME record
method a upload an html file
Method A: Upload an HTML file
  • Uploading an HTML file
    • Create an HTML file
    • Include the unique string of text provided in the control panel instructions in the body of the file.
    • Save it as googlehostedservice.html.
    • Upload it to http://your_domain.com.
    • Visit http://your_domain.com/googlehostedservice.html to see if the unique string of text is visible at that location. (Be sure to replace 'your_domain.com' with your actual domain name).
    • Click Verify in the control panel so that Google checks for your HTML file.
method b create cname record
Method B: Create CNAME Record
  • CNAME records are records with your domain name settings.
    • They verify you in order to activate Google Apps
    • You can create a CNAME record with your domain host.
  • Go to site below for more details:http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=47283
  • 7 minute training presentation:http://services.google.com/apps/resources/admin_breeze/VerifyingYourDomain/index.html
  • See “Help with CNAME record” document.
domain hosting
Domain Hosting
  • Who is my domain host?
    • Visit www.google.com
    • Search for NS lookup.
    • Select a search result.http://www.kloth.net/services/nslookup.php
    • Type your domain name into the tool.
    • Select NS records or Any records for your query.
    • Click Look it up.
step 3 customize google apps
Step 3: Customize Google Apps
  • Google Apps lets you easily modify a variety of settings that apply to your entire organization.
  • Upload your logo via the control panel so it appears on the sign-in pages and in the applications themselves.
  • Set up custom sign in page addresses, like http://mail.your-domain.com
  • Configure the Start Page for your organization.
  • Create and publish web pages for your site.
  • Integrate Google Apps with your existing IT infrastructure.
step 4 create user accounts
Step 4: Create User Accounts
  • From the control panel, create as many user accounts as your organization needs.
  • Add users individually. Click the 'User accounts' tab and then the 'Create a new user' link. Enter your first user's real name, choose their username, and record the temporary password. Then, click the 'Create new user' button. Repeat as needed.
  • Add users in bulk
  • If you run out of user accounts, clicking the 'Request more users' link will notify Google.
step 5 migrate email mx record
Step 5: Migrate Email MX record
  • Configure your domain's Mail Exchange (MX) records to activate email delivery. MX records determine where email to your domain is routed.
  • Each domain hosting company has a different process for changing MX records
  • Google has detailed instructions for many hosts. Please note it can take up to 48 hours for your MX record changes to take effect.
  • Email Migration Guide:

http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/admins/resources/setup/step_five.html

  • See “Help with MX record” document.
step 6 deploy google apps
Step 6: Deploy Google Apps
  • As part of the deployment process, you'll need to:
    • Notify your users of the change to Google Apps
    • Give them the usernames and passwords that you set up in Step 3.
    • Direct your users to the sign in pages for your Google Apps services, which you can find in the control panel.
    • Share helpful tips and tricks with your users.
  • Google deployment guide
    • http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=67775
    • Sample notification emails
    • Links to training presentations
    • Best practice tips
implementation guidelines for educational institutions
Implementation Guidelines for Educational Institutions

To make sure we're all speaking the same language: go live = the date that your users can start using Google Apps

1 3 months before go live
1-3 months before go live:
  • Let your users know about the planned switch!
  • 'Google Apps is Coming' Preparation Message #1
    • Information about how the switch will work (i.e. Will users' email addresses change?)
    • Information on the benefits of Google Apps to your users
    • Overview presentations of the products
  • Post internal FAQ about the transition
1 month before go live
1 month before go live:
  • Make sure administrators and help desk staff are being trained on Google Apps
    • Admin training for Google Apps
    • User training for Google Apps
  • Provide links to Admin Help Center and Discussion Group
  • Post internal FAQ about the switch (if you haven't done so already)
2 weeks before go live
2 weeks before go live:
  • Remind users about the switch with details of day-to-day access
  • 'Google Apps is Coming'Preparation Message #2
    • Details on how to access Google Apps after the switch (i.e. What is the URL for email?)
    • Link to internal FAQ about the transition
    • Link to your school's support process
    • Reminder for user training on Google Apps
at go live
At go live:
  • Follow-up with all essential information
  • Have a welcome message waiting for them in their new Google Apps inbox with helpful information on using Google Apps
    • Link to internal FAQ about the transition
    • Link to your school's support process
    • Link to user training on Google Apps
1 day after go live
1 day after go live:
  • Host an in-person session with your internal tech support team (if applicable) to answer any user questions
1 week after go live
1 week after go live:
  • Notify the press of the new tools you've given your users (optional)
  • Sample press release
first 10 20 weeks after go live
First 10-20 weeks after go live:
  • Send weekly 'Tip of the Day' emails to get the most out of Google Apps
  • Individual Productivity Tips
  • Group Productivity Tips
learning videos
Comprehensive Overview (12 minutes)

Attend an online seminar

Intro to Apps

Verifying Domain

Email

Chat

Start Page

Calendar

Web Pages

Docs

Learning Videos
school resource
School Resource
  • Here's a nice resource for Schools looking to migrate to Google Apps Education Edition: https://www6.acu.edu/confluence/display/%7Elangford/Google+Apps+for+E...
  • This site goes through the considerations and questions many universities and schools face when thinking about the move to Google Apps.
additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Google Apps Administrator Help Center
    • http://www.google.com/support/a
      • Troubleshooting tips
      • FAQs
      • Education http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=67775
  • Google Apps End User Help Center
    • http://www.google.com/support/a/users
  • Google Apps Help Group
    • http://goups.google.com/group/hosted
  • Learning Center URL:
    • http://services.google.com/apps/training