G Suite Security Center page is now having its own security role

Security Center access in G Suite

G Suite updates blog had a post recently about a new change to the admin roles. In a nutshell, when you want to grant a user the role “Service settings” then he/she will not get access to the Security Center by default. The old behavior before was that when you give the “Service settings” role, then the delegated user will get access to Security Center.

Effects of the new changes

Now you will have to manually give the “Security Center” role manually for any admin who was or want to access the security center in the G Suite admin console.

Side effects and check points

Because the setting will affect the current permissions, you will have to manually review and check the current delegations for your users. If you want to keep allowing all or some of the delegated admins, then you will have … Read the rest “G Suite Security Center page is now having its own security role”

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App Maker will shutdown on Jan-2021

So they did it again!

I just thought I share the news with you in case not all of you got the latest announcement or knew about it yet! Google’s update about shutting down App Maker by Jan-19-2021.

First of all if you would like to see the announcement, you can check it out here: https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2020/01/app-maker-update.html

To my opinion, this is a bit strange and a shocking surprise as well – to me at least. They stated in their reasoning in this that due to low usage… Which is really strange.

Nonsense!

According to the announcement, the service will be shutdown by Jan-19-2021, but new application creation will be disabled by April-15-2020… One of the strange things about this is how fast they are going with this. If you look at the transition of the old Hangouts, they are taking very long time with this, and they are giving us … Read the rest “App Maker will shutdown on Jan-2021”

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Advanced Protection Program – How to enroll

How to enroll in Google Advanced Protection Program to enhance the #Security of your Google account whether that was a consumer account or a #GSuite enabled account?

I list here the requirements for that, and the consequences of enabling Advanced Protection Program on your account and what are the actual steps that you need to do in order to do that.

You will need two security keys. I use and like Google Titan Security Keys. You can get them from the Google Store or ebay or anywhere else.

There is a bundle for $50 that contains 2 keys (1 USB, and one Bluetooth/NFC key). The reason why you need 2 keys is you will use one as a main key, while you will keep the other as a backup in case you lose your main one.

If you lose access to your account and you lose the keys as well, … Read the rest “Advanced Protection Program – How to enroll”

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Enable snapshot schedules in GCP Compute Engine!

Intro

GCP or Google Cloud platform offers many services to customers. One of the fundamental services in GCP is the GCE, or Compute Engine.

Compute Engine is the service that allows you to run and deploy your workloads through the IaaS approach. One of the key benefits of IaaS is the ease and flexibility of resource deployment and management.

Snapshots are an important part of the service. They allow you to easily capture the whole VM state before doing any modification… Before a while, there was no option to automate the snapshot creation process without using Google Cloud SDK or gcloud command line tools.

Usually the way we used to do that is by creating a cron job, or a scheduled task that will run gcloud command and then create the snapshot. More automation involved managing the snapshots retention period from inside the script we ran from that cron … Read the rest “Enable snapshot schedules in GCP Compute Engine!”

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Cloud Search in your Google Sites!

2 weeks ago Google has posted an update in the G Suite Updates Blog (https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2019/12/embed-cloud-search-in-your-new-google.html) about a new feature in Google Sites which is embedding Cloud Search in Google Sites!

If you are on rapid release you should have seen this already by now, otherwise you might still going to see this feature in the coming days!

cloud search in google sites
cloud search in google sites

This is a great feature and facility to let your users use this feature in their daily work. I use it personally and it is more than awesome!

The way we setup this up in the organization that I’m working in is we just created a very basic portal page with the icons of the apps, and on top of that we just added this widget so from that portal we do all of our work by opening email, calendar, work with our files, and now we can search as well!… Read the rest “Cloud Search in your Google Sites!”

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Make Password Life-cycle with GAM in G Suite

Intro

When organizations migrate to G Suite, they expect many of their old processes and systems to migrate as well. This includes the password life-cycle process! Even if an organization is starting up with G Suite, having a password life-cycle option is a good security practice and it will help securing the user accounts.

Out of the box, there is no password reset cycle or life-cycle in G Suite, but it is not hard to implement using the API or GAM.

In this article, I’ll explain how it can be done using GAM, then in another article, I’ll demonstrate how to do it with the APIs (using App Maker and maybe some other tool as well).

Requirements

I’m going to demonstrate this using Windows environment, through a scheduled task. The concept is the same for Linux OS though, except instead of using Task Scheduler, you will need to use cron … Read the rest “Make Password Life-cycle with GAM in G Suite”

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How to fix the error ERR_QUIC_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Chrome while browsing Google services

Intro

So I’ve got some strange error recently where some users were unable to browse to some Google services such as Calendar or Gmail. They get a strange error message in their Chrome browser that says “ERR_QUIC_PROTOCOL_ERROR” after an generic text that says the page isn’t available.

After some digging, turned out that the error code is related to an experimental feature or protocol in Google Chrome that is called “QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connection)”. The point of this is to make internet browsing a bit faster on Chrome, but sometimes it causes issues like this.

Solution?

So to fix it, you simply need to disable the feature or thing.. Just follow these instructions:

  1. In Chrome browser address bar, type: chrome://flags
  2. In the flags page, find Experimental QUIC protocol
  3. Click “Disabled” from the options menu on the right side of the protocol row

That’s it, you should now … Read the rest “How to fix the error ERR_QUIC_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Chrome while browsing Google services”

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G Suite March/2018 Updates

Because G Suite is a cloud service it means it is under constant change and update! I’ve said this in the course and as part of my commitment I’ll work on keeping you up to date with all the changes that happen to G Suite from the moment the course was published!

Checkout my online G Suite administrator course The Complete Course to Manage G Suite. I mentioned it a lot in this article! (https://www.udemy.com/the-complete-course-to-manage-g-suite/?couponCode=LAUNCH1099)

This is a recap for the changes and updates that happened to G Suite since 1st of March/2018! March has been very active in terms of updates and changes to G Suite! Please check below for the details!

I’ll put some links at the end of this report for this document on Google Docs in case you wanted to share it with your organization or connections. Also I’ll post a link to … Read the rest “G Suite March/2018 Updates”

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