[Systems] Gmail Domain

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Tue Oct 14 10:17:38 EDT 2008

Outside hosting of services is a tradeoff of system aministration effort vs. control.  
At this point in our life cycle, the time, effort, and energy we spend and sys admin could be better spent on improving Sugar.
Our internal system is not perfect, about two weeks ago I got about 20 messeages to had been sitting on the iaep at sl.o since July:(  Control does not equal reliability. 

On  10/14/2008, 08:42, Bernie Innocenti (bernie at codewiz.org) wrote:Bernie Innocenti wrote: > [cc += systems] >  > David Farning wrote: >> Could either of you follow steps[1] 1 - 3 so we can setup gmail domains  >> for sugarlabs.org /sugarlabs.org> >> >> thanks >> david >> >> 1. https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/sugarlabs.org/Setup?htmlinstruction=1 >  > Ok the domain is now verified. >  > Now, I've had a closer look to the service options and it seems  > there's no way to use the service other than pointing our MX records  > at Google; an all or nothing option. >  > At this time, we do have a dozen of forwarding email accounts and  > another dozen of administrative aliases for our domain.  Most people  > will already have a personal email account somewhere and will just  > want their Sugarlabs mail forwarded there.  There doesn't even seem to  > be a way to reuse existing Gmail accounts. >  > Each user could individually configure forwarding in their Gmail  > preferences, but that's
somewhat annoying. >  > How about forwarding foo at sugarlabs.org to the temporary email account  > foo at sugarlabs.org.test-google-a.com?  This would let us individually  > create real email accounts only for those who need them.  Advanced email routing is only supported in the premium edition:   http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=77182&topic=14868  I don't know how much that would cost, but there's a free trial.  Another way to achieve the same result would be adding "email lists",  which seem to be aliases under a different name.  The advantage is  that this comes for free in the standard edition.  I just tried it out  and it seems to work just fine.  Before changing the MX records to point at Google, I'd like to check  if we have general consensus within the board.  My natural inclination  would be to avoid depending on external entities for mission-critical  services, so taking this steps makes me a bit uneasy.  Am I too much  of a control freak? ;-)  --     
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