Optimize your network for Hangouts Meet and classic Hangouts

Use this guide to create and generate a network plan when deploying Google Hangouts Meet or classic Google Hangouts.

This will help your network provide the bandwidth and performance required for video meetings using Hangouts Meet or classic Hangouts.

What’s covered Networking concepts for Hangouts Meet or classic Hangouts deployments
Audience Google partners, administrators, and network engineers
IT environment Network infrastructure
Deployment phases All
  • When deploying Hangouts Meet or classic Hangouts, bandwidth planning is vital
  • Concurrent usage estimates are required
  • Enable UDP ports 19302 to 19309
  • Enable TCP and UDP ports 80 and 443
  • Eliminate network bottlenecks
  • Use the Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics tool to test networks



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Sophos Firewall: How to block Google consumer accounts

This article explains how to block all web mail except for a certain Google domain. Users will no longer be able to access their private Gmail accounts and can only log onto a Gmail for a custom domain.

The following sections are covered:

How to block web mail

How to block web mail

  1. Navigate to Firewall
  2. Click +Add Firewall rule
  3. Create a firewall rule as shown below:

Google domains


Note: Here we chose the pre-made web policy called No Web Mail but any web policy with the category Web E-Mail selected and set to Block will work.

Allow custom Google Domain

  1. Navigate to Web > Policies.
  2. Edit the policy you used in the firewall rule above.
  3. Open up the Advanced Settings option at the bottom of the policy edit screen.
  4. Enable Restrict login domains for Google Apps by checking the box.
  5. Next to Allowed domain(s) type in the domain that is allowed to access Google Apps despite the web mail block.

google domains


Reference by Sophos.com


Send and receive chat messages in Hangouts Meet

Sharing written communication is a critical part of successful meetings. Meeting participants may want to share links, chime in when they can’t speak, or hold side conversations without interrupting. This chat functionality has been a top feature request in Meet since we launched earlier this year and that’s why, today, we’re bringing it to all G Suite users.


Going forward, meeting attendees will be able to send text and links, all in real time. The chat history will be available for the duration of the meeting.

This feature is available across Meet platforms: chat messages can be sent and received on web and mobile (versions 4.5 and above), and received on Chromebox for Meetings. All users can send and receive messages while in Meet, including those not signed in with Google accounts.


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Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in 2 weeks

Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

All end users

Change management suggested/FYI


Reference by Google.com

How to exclude IP address in Google Adwords

How to exclude IP address in Google Adwords

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account.
  2. In the page menu on the left, click Settings.
  3. Select the campaign you’d like to exclude IP addresses from.
  4. Click to expand the “IP exclusions” section. (Click Additional settings if you can’t see the “IP exclusions” section.)
  5. Enter the IP addresses you want to exclude from seeing your ads.
  6. Click Save.

Smarter Google Forms to save you time

Google Forms makes it easy to collect information, plan events, solicit feedback, and more. Today, we’re adding new features and using machine learning to make Forms work better for your business. Read on for more details.

Intelligent response validation
When you know the specific type of answer you’re looking for, it’s often helpful to validate responses in Forms. For example, if you’re asking for a website, Forms can double-check that the answer provided is a URL. Following this launch, when we can, we’ll suggest response validation based on the question you ask. If you ask respondents for their age, for instance, we may recommend validating that the answer they provide is a whole number. (Note that this feature is rolling out gradually and may take several weeks to appear in your domain.)


Intelligent response validation

Cross-domain file uploads
Oftentimes, when you use Forms, you’re not collecting data from your colleagues you’re gathering information from third parties, customers, and more. To guarantee you get the information you need, we’ll now allow users outside of your domain to upload files as responses to your questions—provided both of your organizations allow cross-domain sharing in Google Drive. Based on usage patterns, total uploads to new forms will be capped at 1GB, with an option to increase that limit to 1TB. Uploads to existing forms will be capped at 1TB.

If you use similar settings across all of your forms, you can now save time by assigning default settings to apply to any new forms you create. For instance, you can choose to always collect email addresses, make questions required every time, and assign default quiz point values.

Preferences 1

Preferences 2

“Checkbox grid” questions
Sometimes a question is more complex than multiple choice or checkbox answers alone can satisfy—you need to be able to select multiple options from multiple categories. Going forward, you can use the “Checkbox grid” question type to get the answers you need, like dates and times that work for an upcoming meeting.

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Checkbox grid 2

Section reordering
We heard you loud and clear—you need an easy way to organize (and reorganize) your questions in Forms. In response to your feedback, we’re now making it possible to reorder whole sections quickly and easily.

Reorder 1

Recording section


Create better forms, more quickly, with these new and intelligent features in Forms.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in two weeks

Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)


Reference by Google.com





How to get email header in outlook and gmail

How to get email header in Outlook:

In Outlook 2016, 2013, or 2010
In an open email message, click the File tab.

On the Info tab, click Properties.

Header information appears in the Internet headers box.


In Outlook 2007
Open an email message.

On the Message tab, in the Options group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image .

In the Message Options dialog box, the headers appear in the Internet headers box.


How to get email header from Gmail

  1. Log in to Gmail
  2. Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the down arrow next to Reply, at the top of the message pane.
  4. Select Show Original.
  5. A summary of the headers will appear in a new window. To get the full headers, click Download Original.

Note: If you use Gmail with a work or school account and have S/MIME enabled, you can click Download S/MIME Original or Download Decrypted.





DOs and DON’Ts to stay safe from Ransomware

Unless you live in a cave, you would definitely know what is a ransomware. It is a malware that is keeping Internet users awake at nights and restless during the day. It does not strike with a warning, and when it does it does not leave without causing a catastrophe.

Ransomware is a malware that takes your data or computer hostage and demands a ransom in exchange. To put it in a little technical manner, once the malware infects a computer, it starts encrypting (converting data into an unreadable form) the stored data (images, videos, documents, music files, game files, etc.). This is followed by a ransom note where the victim is informed about the encryption and the ransom (money) they should pay to get back their data.

We have had bouts of ransomware attacks recently. After WannaCry, which was the biggest ransomware attack in history, we came across the latest Petya Ransomware. This post speaks about this malware in detail and also lists out important safety measures.

In this infographic, we have listed the important dos and don’ts to stay safe from ransomware.


Reference by Quickheal ( http://blogs.quickheal.com/dos-donts-stay-safe-ransomware-infographic/ )

Enterprise Identity made easy in G Suite

As an IT administrator, you want to be confident that your users are secure when accessing online services. Millions of G Suite customers already rely on Google Cloud’s identity services to secure their online identities with tools like single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, and mobile device management. However, many G Suite organisations have users who do not require G Suite but still need a secure, online identity.

Introducing Cloud Identity support in G Suite
Today we are happy to announce the availability of a new free Cloud Identity license for G Suite customers, which enables your non-G Suite users to get access to Google Cloud’s identity services. Using Cloud Identity, you can easily create a unified sign-on for all your users across all enterprise cloud apps, set basic mobile device policies, and enforce multi-factor authentication with security keys.

Once you enable Cloud Identity in your Google Admin console, you will be able to create Cloud Identity users in all the ways you create G Suite users; the only difference is that you will not assign these users a G Suite license.

Cloud Identity header

Try it today 
To start using Cloud Identity, head to the Billing page in the Google Admin console. Here you will see a new Cloud Identity card under the “Enable Products” section. Once you enable the Cloud Identity subscription, you will be able to start creating free users without G Suite. For more information, check out our Getting Started Guide for G Suite admins.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release
Note: If your domain has been provisioned or you have a billing relationship with a GSuite reseller, an onboarding flow is planned so that your reseller can add Cloud Identity subscriptions to your G Suite domain. This feature will launch in the coming weeks.

Available to G Suite Basic, Business, and Enterprise edition domains

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 7 days for feature visibility)

Admins only


Reference by Google.com

G Suite administrators can now provision users to Asana

When auto-provisioning is enabled for a supported third-party application, any users created, modified, or deleted in G Suite are automatically added, edited, or deleted in the third-party application as well. This feature is highly popular with admins, as it removes the overhead of managing users across multiple third-party SaaS applications.

Today we’re adding auto-provisioning support for six new applications: Asana, Dialpad, Freshdesk, Lucidchart, RingCentral, and Smartsheet. We previously launched auto-provisioning support for Box Enterprise, Salesforce Sandbox, Salesforce, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook, bringing the total number of supporting applications to 11.

G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers can enable auto-provisioning for all eight supported applications. G Suite Basic, Government, and Nonprofit customers can configure auto-provisioning for up to three applications from the supported list. For specific details on how to set up auto-provisioning, check out the Help Center.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release


  • G Suite Basic, Government, and Nonprofit customers can enable auto-provisioning for up to three applications
  • G Suite Education, Business, and Enterprise customers can enable auto-provisioning for all supported applications

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)


Reference by Google.com

Gmail admins can now notify internal senders when their email gets quarantined

Through Gmail compliance and routing settings, Gmail administrators can now choose to notify internal senders when their messages get quarantined, depending on your compliance rule.
Below is an example of the email that users will receive when their emails get quarantined:

To enable the feature: In the Admin console where you setup and configure policies to quarantine messages, there is now a checkbox at the bottom to “Notify sender when mail is quarantined (onward delivery only)”. This feature is default off for existing rules, but when you create a new rule, the default is on.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release
Available to all G Suite editions
Rollout pace
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)
Admins only


Reference by Google.com