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Google Workspace User Guide

By : Balaji Iyer
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Google Workspace User Guide

By: Balaji Iyer

Overview of this book

Google Workspace has evolved from individual Google services to a suite of apps that improve productivity and promote efficient collaboration in an enterprise organization. This book takes you through the evolution of Google Workspace, features included in each Workspace edition, and various core services, such as Cloud Identity, Gmail, and Calendar. You’ll explore the functionality of each configuration, which will help you make informed decisions for your organization. Later chapters will show you how to implement security configurations that are available at different layers of Workspace and also how Workspace meets essential enterprise compliance needs. You’ll gain a high-level overview of the core services available in Google Workspace, including Google Apps Script, AppSheet, and Google Cloud Platform. Finally, you’ll explore the different tools Google offers when you’re adopting Google Cloud and migrating your data from legacy mail servers or on-premises applications over to cloud servers. By the end of this Google Workspace book, you’ll be able to successfully deploy Google Workspace, configure users, and migrate data, thereby helping with cloud adoption.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Started – Google Workspace
Part 2: Data Security
Part 3: Data Integrations
Chapter 6: Designing Custom Applications
Part 4: Migrating Data

Using Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS)

Organizations typically have all their users in an AD that refers to a list of users stored as a directory of information. AD organizes the users in an OU.

User identities can be directly created in Google's Cloud Identity or they can be integrated from various sources, such as human resource information systems (HRIS) (Workday, Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP), and so on), or other identity providers (IdPs), such as Okta, Ping Identity, ForgeRock, and Azure AD using federation. We will dive into federation techniques in the next section when we talk about SSO.

These identity systems serve as the source of truth for user identities and integrate with all applications that require user-login authentication. Google Cloud integrates with all these sources of identities seamlessly using GCDS and makes your move to Google Workspace easy, as illustrated in the following diagram:

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