Groups administrator FAQ
Below are common questions about managing Google Groups for a team of Google Apps users.
OverviewWho can create groups?
Google Apps administrators can create groups for your entire organization using the Groups control in the Admin console. With Groups for Business, you can optionally allow users to create groups.
Yes. You can add external vendors, clients, or customers to a group.
A group appears in Contacts, under All Contacts, only after you send a message to that group.
Contact groups in Google Contacts are lists of email addresses that users can assemble to create mailing lists for their own personal use. The lists that you create on your Contacts page aren't available for other people in the organization to use.
Yes, but only if you use Groups for Business.
Yes, you can use either Google Apps Directory Sync or the Google Provisioning API to migrate groups (mailing lists) on your LDAP server to Google Apps. Learn more
Yes, the Provisioning API (2.0 or later) supports provisioning of groups. Learn more
Groups for BusinessWhat is Google Groups for Business?
Google Groups for Business is a service available with Google Apps that gives additional capabilites over the groups you can create using the Groups control in your Admin console. For details, see About Google Groups.
No. You must upgrade to Google Apps for Work.
With Groups for Business, users can create and manage their own organization-wide groups. Plus, you can create collaborative inboxes, Web forums, and Q&A forums. For details, see About Google Groups.
For users, the Groups for Business interface can be displayed in 42 languages. Group owners and managers can set the language in which a group's automated email messages appear.
For administrators, the Groups for Business settings in the Admin console are available in multiple languages. Learn more about setting a language in the Admin console.
If you created groups using the Groups control in the Admin console, and then turn on Google Groups for Business, all your existing groups are migrated to the new service and remain on the Groups page in your Admin console. All members, roles, and equivalent access settings are retained in these groups, and users can still send email to them.
Yes. First, separate users into different organizational units in the Admin console. Then turn on the Groups for Business service for just those organizations.
Yes, if you turn on Groups for Business for a domain that doesn't use Gmail, your users can still use Groups to:
- Post messages on group discussion archives
- Share content (Google documents, sites, videos, and calendars) with group addresses
Of course, in this case, email messages sent to groups won't be delivered.
ControlsCan I control how people use Groups for Business?
Yes. As a Google Apps administrator, you can turn on Groups for Business or disable it. If the service is on, you still retain full control over the groups in your organization. You can also prevent users from adding external members to their groups, edit or delete users' groups, or even stop users from creating their own groups altogether.
You can control whether users can add themselves to a specific group. But you can't prevent users from removing themselves from groups. To ensure that users remain members of specific groups (for example, an "all employees" group), maintain the group on an LDAP server, and use Google Apps Directory Sync to periodically synchronize those groups with Google Apps.
No. Any messages that an administrator sends to a moderated group are not moderated, regardless of whether the administrator is a member of that group. This exception also applies to moderated groups created by other administrators.
The group continues to work normally. As an administrator, you can manage the group or assign ownership to another user.
No, all messages to the group will include the unsubscribe footer for external members. This prevents domains from adding users to their groups who may not wish to be members, without giving them the option to unsubscribe.
Multiple domainsCan I create a group address in any of my organization's domains?
Yes. If your Google Apps account has multiple domains, then when you create a group, you can choose which domain to use for the group's email address.
Yes. If your Google Apps account has multiple domains, you can mix and match members from different domains in a single group.
Yes, if your Google Apps account has multiple domains, users in any of those domains can use Groups for Business.
LimitsAre there limits to group memberships or messages sent to groups?
Yes. To fight spam and email abuse, Google imposes limits including the maximum:
- Number of groups per owner
- Number of messages sent to a group within a short time period
- Number of messages sent at once to external group members
- Sending mesages to large groups
- Message size sent to a group
- And more
There's no limit, but a user can be the owner of at most 1,000 groups. If a user creates a group, that user is automatically the owner of the group. However, users can edit their groups to remove their ownership at any time, so it's possible for a user to create any number of groups.
With Google Apps, a group can have up to 100 members. With Google Apps for Work and Education, there's no limit to the number of members a group can have.
Yes, the maximum size limit for messages sent to a group is 25 MB, including attachments (the normal Gmail limit). Group owners or managers can edit specific groups to set lower size limits. The default size for a message sent in Google Groups is 25 MB.
You can't send or forward non-delivery receipts (NDRs), also called "bounce messages", to a group. Messages that resemble NDRs are also not permitted.
Yes, the Google Apps Service Level Agreement applies to the Google Groups component of your Google Apps service.
SecurityHow secure are user-managed groups?
With Groups for Business, you and users can set an appropriate security level for user-managed groups. For example, as an administrator, you can prevent users from adding external addresses to their groups, and you can edit or delete any groups that users create.
With Groups for Business, you can set sharing options to prevent people outside your organization from accessing any of your domain's group archives. Or, if you do allow outside access to archives, group owners and managers can still prevent outside access to their specific groups' archives.
You have the option of allowing people outside your domain to send messages to a group. If a malicious sender knows that group's address, members of the group might receive more spam. We strongly recommend that you carefully consider the options you choose for any groups you create.
To improve spam filtering for a specific group, you can change the group's spam moderation settings.
No. If you send an email message or meeting invitation to a group, recipients see only the group name (rather than individual names or addresses) in the To line of the message or invitation.
If you invite a group to a meeting, all of the group's members appear in the invitation on your calendar only if you have the appropriate access permissions for that group. This limitation upholds the privacy settings for a group, and it applies to both users and administrators.
Group and message retentionHow long are email messages kept in group discussion archives?
A group's archive never expires, so messages remain in an archive until the group is deleted.
No, the email retention feature doesn't affect messages in a group's archive. Messages remain in an archive until the group is deleted.
If you disable Groups for Business, all the groups that you or your users created remain active, but the groups won't have any of the advanced features available with the Groups for Business service. If you re-enable Groups for Business, all the groups' settings are restored.
If you downgrade back to the legacy Free edition, all your groups remain active. However, if your groups exceed the group and membership limits for Google Apps, you can't add new groups or members until you bring your groups below those limits. Also, if the Google Groups for Business service is turned on before you downgrade, your groups won't have any of the advanced features available with that service.