Friday, June 1, 2012

Google Apps Password Sync (GAPS) for Active Directory

Up until now it has not been possible to easily sync encrypted Active Directory (Windows) passwords to Google Apps. With the release of Google Apps Password Sync (GAPS) this is no longer an issue. I think this will be a game changer for enterprises considering the adoption of Google Apps because it effectively allows them to ensure users only have one password to manage. In the past this has been dealt with using SSO, but that meant Google Apps users were restricted to only using web services.

The Third Way IT 4-week migration package currently includes the provisioning and management of user accounts using Active Directory, but until now managing passwords on Google Apps has been separate exercise. Certainly transition from Exchange to Google Apps will be that much easier.

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