Set up a synchronization

After July 1, 2022, we no longer support School Directory Sync (SDS). Instead, use the Student Information System (SIS) roster import. Learn more

You use Configuration Manager in Google School Directory Sync (SDS) to create, test, and run a synchronization. You can open Configuration Manager from the Start menu or by running config-manager-sds from the command line in the directory where you installed SDS. You access different settings by clicking a topic on the left. Required settings are in red.

Best practices

  • Never share configuration files. They contain sensitive information about your system data and your Google Workspace for Education domain.
  • Simulate a sync before you run a real sync and again whenever you upgrade or change a configuration. If you don't, you might accidentally delete an account or restrict a user.

Set up your sync

  1. Connect SDS to your Google domain

    You need to configure SDS to connect to your primary Google domain.

  2. Decide what to sync

    You can specify the data to synchronize for Classroom and Google Workspace for Education.

  3. Set exclusion rules (optional)

    You can set up exclusion rules to omit specific data from a sync. This way, you preserve data in your Google Workspace for Education domain that isn’t in your school information system.

  4. Set up notifications

    You can specify who gets notified by email following a sync.

  5. Specify log settings

    Decide where you want to save log files. You can also limit the maximum log size.

  6. Test your sync settings

    Review your configuration and correct any problems before you run a simulated sync to test the process.

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