Fun with the Sametime Gateway…. well not really

Vinny blogged the other day about Google Apps for your Domain and the Sametime Gateway, which is also covered in Technote 1295505.  Well it happened to me :(.  Someone in the organization (we are not quite sure who) registered the domain name for Google Apps, resulting in the loss of Google Talk awareness on our gateway.  We managed to take over administrative  control  of the domain, and delete it from Google Apps, we are now waiting the “up to five days” for the domain to fully be deleted and we hope to have Google Talk working again. So what I am wondering about is how Google allows anyone to register a domain in Google Apps and begin rerouting IM traffic without proving ownership of the domain?  The other question is how do we prevent this from happening again, we were hoping to fix it by just disabling the chat service in Google Apps, and then maintaining administrative control, but apparently we need to delete the whole thing, so how do we prevent another person from registering us on Google apps?  Thats one for Andy and Vinny to figure out with Google and get back to us on.

2 Responses to Fun with the Sametime Gateway…. well not really
  1. Chris Miller
    March 7, 2008 | 10:48 am

    Google does not check domain ownership when creating the app domain. It will not activate it until you move DNS and it verifies that, but it still goes into existence

  2. Andy Yiu
    March 11, 2008 | 6:40 pm

    It looks like a solution to the Google problems with the Sametime Gateway has finally been found. Full details are available in IBM Technote 1295506.Emoticon