Aliases for a Secondary Domain on Google Apps

In short, you can’t. But there’s a work around.

Let’s say your company’s primary domain is www.PrimeWidgets.com and this is your primary domain in Google Apps. You’re sister company at www.SuperManufacturing.com will be handling sales generated from your secondary domain in Google Apps, www.mywidget.com. You want emails sent to the sales rep bob@mywidget.com as well as bob@mywidgets.com to forward to bob@supermanufacturing.com.

How’s that for a crazy ass setup? Yes I ran into just such a situation and so document the resolution for your purusal.

First, you have to setup a group for bob@mywidget.com that forwards to bob@supermanufacturing.com.
Now your next thought is to add mywidgets.com as an alias of mywidget.com and be done with it; not so fast. As of this writting you can’t attache an alias domain to a secondary domain in Google Apps.
The fix is to add mywidgets.com as an additional secondary domain and setup an second group bob@mywidgets.com forwarded to bob@supermanufacturing.com.

It’s less that elegant, but will work until Google fixes an obviously, to me, missing feature.

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