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Hi,

I need professional help about the project below.

I have 2 edu domains.

www.school1.edu already in use by staff only and email running on Exchange 2010. Staff member located under a dedicated OU and they all using Exchange email. Since we cannot accomodate high number of students in Exchange server we have decided to use another edu domain for them. Principal did not agree to migrate all email system to the Gmail or Office 365.

In Another OU Students already have their own AD account with no email!
www.school2.edu domain name has been purchased for students only and we wanna use it to give students email over Google Apps (free for education) OR Office 365

I know Google Apps Directory Sync can syncronize with AD but I already have email system running so a kind of clash would occur I believe. Alternatively  Office 365 can be considered too? Whichever more compatible with AD I would like to go with.

What is the right steps to achieve this project? What's your opinions?
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Office 365 is the better option here. First it is from MS and you can get all support easily. In your situation you can go for hybrid solution.
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Google Apps Directory and Password sync tools will give you the integration you need for AD and Google Apps on the student domains.  I suggest you look at creating accounts for teachers in the student domain, so that they can manage collaboration.

Most of the value of Google Apps for education comes from using the other components in the classroom.  Beyond "sites" for classes, we see educators using the comments feature in Google Docs to provide more feedback in less time, and so much more.

Also, Office 365 EDU does NOT include skydrive.  If you want people to share files securely than you are forced into Sharepoint.  If you use personal accounts for Skydrive, then you are instructing students to work outside the domain, where you have no control over content and behavior.  This makes it easy to violate FERPA requirements and can create big liabilities.
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Hi Allen,

Thanks very much for the details. I also warm to the Google Apps as it has everything I need and seems more reliable than MS's word of "free". Actually we don't wanna give the teachers another email and cause hassle for them because some systems such as Moodle fetching the emails from the AD's email attribute so how is gonna work. Principal refusing to migrate from Exchange to the Gmail so Exchange stays in AD. So only way to give email to the students is Gmail with another edu domain!
Only question I need clear answer for, is, will syncronization add the student emails into the AD's email attiribute so other systems can fetch it easyly such as Moodle!
If yes, will it overwrite existing staff emails and exchange attiributes? These points bothering me a lot as I could not find clear explanation for it.

What would you if you were me?

Regards
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Not satiffactory answers, however I don't wanna keep the topic open forever
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