Overview of data flow into and through the Google Apps Directory

Built by BetterCloud, the goal of this site is to provide Google Apps administrators with everything they need to know about the most critical element of google apps management – the Google Apps Directory.

Why did we build this site? Because we love Google Apps. BetterCloud is the #1 Admin Tool in the Google Apps Marketplace, providing superior management and security capabilities to over 40,000 Google Apps administrators that collectively manage over 20 million end-users.

However, this site is useful whether or not you use BetterCloud. We hope you will learn something new and take your organization’s use of Google Apps to the next level.

Install BetterCloud: Security & Management Tool for Google Apps

  • Bulk Email Signatures
  • User Provisioning
  • User Deprovisioning
  • Password Policies
  • Drive Policies
  • Google+ Policies
  • Email Delegation
  • Powerful Reporting

Users and Shared Contacts

Create and maintain user profiles and shared contacts to build a strong central core for your Google Apps Directory. >Shared Contacts

Groups and Org. Units

Utilize Google Groups and OUs to facilitate communication both inside and outside of your domain and manage your users in bulk. >Org. Units

GADS and LDAP Servers

If you provision users on an LDAP server, use GADS to sync these users and their rich user profiles with the Google Apps Directory. >LDAP Sync


Control your directory powerfully and efficiently by utilizing Google’s APIs that allow for more control than Google provides in the Admin Console. >Google Apps APIs

Third Party Tools

Go beyond the functionality of the Google Apps Admin Console by utilizing third party tools that enable you to effectively and efficiently manage your directory. >Third Party Tools


Check out these additional resources to explore more of the Google Apps platform and to stay up-to-date on the improvements Google makes to Google Apps. >Resources