Get concepts, steps, and best practices for your Google Apps deployment. Use these guides and checklists to transition your organization to Google Apps. You’ll find instructions to set up email, provision your user accounts, migrate data and sync with your LDAP server.

Transition guides

These transition guides will help prepare your organization for the switch to Google Apps.

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For smaller organizations, the "1, 2, 3, Go Google!" guide offers a streamlined transition plan to get your users up to speed quickly with Google Apps.

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The Google Apps Technical Transition Guide offers technical steps and tips to set up Google Apps for your organization, including configuring your email, provisioning users, migrating data, setting up mobile devices, and more.

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"Going Google" is a practical guide to change management for Google Apps adoption for businesses with more than 250 users (or those with an LDAP). You'll find case studies, best practices, tips, and more.

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Use this checklist to take an inventory of your IT environment, to track configurations, account provisioning, and data migration activities, and to determine training and documentation needs before deployment.

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After setting up Google Apps, use this report to assess the deployment process, rate the effectiveness of deployment activities, and document lessons learned.

Data migration guides

These guides help administrators determine how to migrate their users's data from your old environment to Google Apps, or how to let users migrate their own data.

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With this migration guide, administrators can let users migrate their own mail, contacts, and calendar events from their current Microsoft account or PST files to Google Apps.

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This administrator guide shows you how to migrate your users' mail, contacts, and calendar events directly from Microsoft, Novell®, GroupWise®, Cyrus, Courier, Dovecot, and other RFC 3501-compliant IMAP servers.

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With this guide, administrators can migrate users' mail, contacts, and calendar events directly from an IBM Notes server.

Provisioning guides

These guides show you how to provision your users and synchronize their data and passwords with your existing LDAP servers.

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Use this administrator guide to provision your Google Apps user accounts by syncing directly with their data in your LDAP Server, such as Microsoft® Active Directory® or IBM®Domino®.

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After setting up your users, use this administrator guide to synchronize their Google Apps passwords with their Active Directory passwords.

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This synchronization guide shows you how to let your users access Gmail, calendar, and contacts in Outlook.

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Installation and Administration guide: Get instructions on synchronizing your users' Google Apps mail, contacts, and calendars.

Networking guides

For medium-sized and large organizations, these guides will help you determine the best approach to use if you have complex networks or multiple domains for your organization.

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Optimize your large-scale IP network for Google Apps for Work. Intended for administrators of complex, globally distributed networks. Administrators of smaller networks may also find this information useful.

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This guide is for organizations that own multiple domains for distinct business units, brands, or geographies. It highlights options provided by Google Apps to manage your domains and identifies key factors to consider before deciding on the best approach for your organization.