Migrate existing groups to Google Groups for Business

If you've already created groups using your Admin console and then enable the Google Groups for Business service, all of your existing groups are:

  • Migrated to the new service.
  • Still listed on the Groups page in your Admin console.
  • Not listed in your domain's Groups directory, which all your users can now access. To show these groups in your Groups directory, you'll need to edit their access settings. Learn more

Learn more about enabling the Google Groups for Business service.

Sharing settings for migrated groups

Migrated groups also receive the default sharing settings, which you can edit on the "Google Groups for Business" page in your Admin console. Learn more

Access-level settings for migrated groups

Access-level settings are applied to migrated groups differently, depending on whether a group was created before or after the Google Groups for Business service was initially released (December 2009):

If a group was created AFTER the Google Groups for Business service was released

The migrated group receives the equivalent access level in the Google Groups for Business service. Learn more about access levels for Google Groups for Business.

If a group was created BEFORE the Google Groups for Business service was released

The migrated group receives these default settings, which provide security:

Who can join the group: No one -- only owners and managers can add members.

Who can send messages to the group: No change. For example, if the group was set to allow only owners to send email to the group, the same setting applies to the group after migration to Google Groups for Business.

Who can view the members list: Only owners and managers. This setting determines who can expand the group's members list in calendar invitations and view it in your Groups directory.

Tip: To allow all users in your domain to view a group's members list and expand it in calendar invitations, edit the group's settings: Change the View members permission to All members of the group. Learn more about displaying a members list in calendar invitations.

Who can view the discussion archive: Archiving is disabled.

Note: In the list of groups in your Admin console, the Type column shows Custom for this type of migrated group, to indicate that it has custom access settings. You can edit a migrated group to change any of these access settings. Learn more