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About Google School Directory Sync

You can synchronize data from your school information management system to Classroom and G Suite for Education using Google School Directory Sync (SDS).

By default, SDS synchronizes data with Classroom only. You can choose to synchronize also with G Suite for Education.

What SDS does

As well as synchronizing, you can also use SDS to:

  • Provision classes—Automatically populate classes with your school information so teachers don’t need to do it.
  • Update users, groups, organizational units—Add, modify, or delete users, groups, and organizational units.
  • Customize synchronizations—Configure synchronizations to suit your needs.
  • Test synchronizations—Verify settings and simulate a synchronization to find what works best for your organization.

How SDS works

  1. Decide what data to sync.
  2. Create CSV files from the data and export the files to SDS.
  3. SDS connects to and updates Classroom and G Suite for Education to match the school information data.
  4. After synchronization, a report is emailed to any addresses you've specified.

    Data flow

    Work flow for School Directory Sync

Key benefits

  • SDS performs a one-way synchronization of data in CSV files to Classroom and G Suite for Education. Your school information is secure—data on your school system is never updated or altered.
  • SDS updates Classroom and G Suite for Education to match your school information.
  • Everything you need for the synchronization is included in the installation package.

Need to sync data with G Suite? Use Google Cloud Directory Sync to synchronize data in your G Suite domain with your LDAP directory server.

Google+ profiles and SDS : Your organization is solely responsible for complying with all laws and regulations that are applicable to the provision of Google+ profiles for your users. For details, see Considerations before enabling Google+.
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