It's Learning E-mail - migrating to GMail
I've been asked to look into the feasibility of migrating our current e-mail service from the current 'It's Learning' platform, which is based on GMail to a full-blown GMail solution. The reason for this consideration, is that we are finding It's Learning's implementation to be seriously half-baked and lacking in functionality, such as no access to Google Docs or the vastly superior and easier to use Google Calendar.
Ideally, we'd like to take our entire school domain name 'priory.portsmouth.sch.uk' and repoint it to Google's offering. However, I have a few queries which I'd appreciate it if those in the know could assist with.
- Do Google offer web hosting or will we need to find a separate web host for our school website
- How easy is it to request DNS?MX etc. record changes for a .sch.uk domain?
- Is there an easy migration path for e-mail from the It's Learning GMail implementation to a 'vanilla' GMail platform - i.e. transferring of messages etc.?
- Are the management tools in a 'vanilla' GMail environment feature-rich - i.e. can you place users into groups and is there a function for importing user accounts from say a CSV file?
I think that's all for the minute, but I may be back if anything else springs to mind!
Any advice would be very much appreciated!