Set up Groups for your team
Are you a Google Apps administrator who's ready to start using Google Groups with your team? See recommended steps for getting started, below. Or follow our easy Quick Start Guide.
1. Decide how to use Google Groups in your organization
Decide whether to use Admin console Groups or Google Groups for Business. To use the latter, you must turn on Groups for Business—unless you set up your Google for Work account to automatically enable new services. If you don't want to use Groups for Business and it was automatically turned on, you can turn off Groups for Business.
2. Set sharing options for Google Groups for Business
If you turned on Groups for Business, set sharing option to specify who can access your Groups service and what they can do with the service. You can specify who can access the service, whether users can create their own groups or add members who are outside your organization, and more.
3. Customize the web address for your Groups service
If you turned the Groups for Business service on, you can make it easier for your users to find the Groups directory by changing the web address to something easy to remember. For example, users can access the Groups directory at groups.your-domain.com instead of at the longer default address groups.google.com/a/your-domain.com.
4. Configure Postini Services
If you're using the standalone version of Google Message Security (by Postini), we recommend that you either add your groups to the service or make configuration changes to the service to ensure messages are delivered to your groups. If you're using the integrated version of Message Security (appears as Postini Services on your Admin console), you don't need to make any changes to the service.
5. Migrate mailing lists from LDAP server
If you have mailing lists on an LDAP server, you can migrate them to Google Groups using the Google Apps Directory Sync utility. Use this tool to create new groups for any mailing lists on your LDAP server that you want to use with your organization's Google Apps account. Directory Sync synchronizes only groups and their memberships, not the contents or settings of the groups.
6. Create new groups
Use the Admin console to quickly create new groups for your organization and allow your users to communicate and collaborate with groups of people they frequently contact. If you've turned on Groups for Business you can create groups that can serve as collaborative inboxes for specific groups of users, such as technical support or customer service.