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The Google Workspace (formally G Suite) connector in DryvIQ allows you to analyze, migrate, copy, and synchronize files between your Google Workspace account and cloud storage repositories and on-premise network file shares. The first step is to create the Google Workspace connection by providing the connection information required for DryvIQ to connect to the platform/server. 

Creating connection | User Interface

  1. Select Connections > Add connection.

  2. Select Google Workspace as the platform on the Add connection modal.

  3. Enter the connection information. Reference the table below for details about each field.

  4. Test the connection to ensure DryvIQ can connect using the information entered.

  5. You will see a "Connection test succeeded" message on the Add connection modal when DryvIQ establishes connection. (If you don't see this message, verify the information you entered.)

  6. Select Done.


Add connection modal - Google Workspace








Display as

Enter the display name for the connection. If you will be creating multiple connections, ensure the name readily identifies the connection. The name displays in the application, and you can use it to search for the connection and filter lists. The maximum length is 255 characters.


Service account email

Enter the email address created during the Service Account creation process. It will resemble <service-account-name>@<project-id>


Private key

Enter the x509 private key. This is the value created when creating the new private key when creating a new Service Account in the Google IAM & admin Console. It will begin with -----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY----- and end with -----END PRIVATE KEY-----.

You can click the Choose a file on your computer link to import the key from a file on your computer. Use the file upload dialog that appears to locate the file that contains the key you want to use. 


Subject email

Enter the email address for the account whose data will be transferred. This is the "sub" claim on the JSON Web Token that DryvIQ will use to connect with Google Workspace.

If you create a job using impersonation (“run as”), that setting will override the account added here.


Drive Space

Select the level where the connection should be made.

My Drive: This is the default entry. When selected, the connection will be made at the "My Drive" (the highest) level of the account.

Unorganized: Selecting this option creates the connection to the unorganized content in the account. Unorganized files are files that are orphaned. This means the file exists but isn’t a part of a file structure. This happens when parent folders get deleted. These files can only be found by searching the drive for "is:unorganized owner:me." 

Shared with me: This creates the connection to the shared content (content available through the "Shared with me" menu option within the account).



Enter the target domain name. For example,

If you do not include the domain for the Subject Email, you must include the domain in this field. This domain will then be used as the domain for the account.  


Token uri

Enter the custom authentication URI. If not supplied, the default is used -


Preserve content type

Indicate if DryvIQ should try to preserve files in their original content type. This feature is mainly used for Google to Google transfers.

The default value is No. This means that an upload content type is not specified. Most files will still preserve content types. However, Google native documents and Microsoft Office files will transfer as Microsoft Office files.

Selecting Yes will preserve files in their original content type. Google native documents will transfer as Google native documents. Microsoft Office files will transfer as Microsoft Office files. 


Import as Google native documents

Indicate if DryvIQ should import Microsoft Office documents as Google documents. This feature is mainly used when transferring from any platform, such as Box to Google.

The default value is No. This means Microsoft Office files will be preserved as their original content type. 

Selecting Yes will import all Microsoft Office files as Google native documents.


Behavior when deleting files


Select the type of delete DryvIQ should perform when deleting items: Permanent or Soft. Soft delete is the default delete behavior; however, Permanent is the recommended behavior.

A soft delete marks items as a deleted. You can still access them to restore or permanently delete the items.

A permanent delete removes the items. This delete is not reversible.


Allow file discovery

Indicate if files with shared links should be searchable.

The default value is No. This means that only users with whom the file has been shared can find and access the file. 

Selecting Yes sets the "People can search for this file" setting in the file link settings to TRUE. This means any files with shared links can be found and accessed by any user through the search.  


Read-only Access

Specify if the connection should be created with read-only access.

The default value is No. This means the connection will be created with the full access granted to the account used to create the connection.

Selecting Yes creates the account with read-only access. The configuration for the Google account used to create the connection must match the access level for the read-only access to properly be applied.


Impersonate Owner During Delete

Indicate if you want DryvIQ to impersonate the item owner when performing deletes.

The default value is No. This means that DryvIQ will attempt to delete an item as the current impersonated user. If the user does not own the item, DryvIQ will not be able to delete it. You will need to delete the item manually.

Selecting Yes allows DryvIQ to impersonate the item owner so the item can be deleted. This reduces the number of manual deletions you need to complete.

Google does not support impersonating external users, so DryvIQ cannot delete items owned by external users. The delete will fail, and you will need to delete the item manually.



Features and Limitations 

Platforms all have unique features and limitations. DryvIQ’s transfer engine manages these differences between platforms and allows you to configure actions based on Job Policies and Behaviors. Utilize the Platform Comparison tool to see how your integration platforms may interact regarding features and limitations.

Files and Folders

Below is list of supported and unsupported features as well as additional file/folder restrictions. 


Not Supported

Other Features and Limitations


Not Supported

Other Features and Limitations

Version preservation

File lock propagation

File size maximum: 5 TB

Timestamp preservation

Mirror lock ownership

Invalid characters: /

Author/Owner preservation

Tags map

Path length maximum: None
(See Path Lengths below.)

Account map


Segment path length: 500
(See Path Lengths below.)

Group map


Restricted types: See Other Restrictions below.

Permission preservation


No leading spaces in file name/folder name 

User impersonation


No trailing spaces before or after file extensions

Metadata map




Path Lengths

Google Workspace does not impose restrictions for the total path length.

Segment path lengths are limited to 500 character. Segments are delimited by a forward slash (/). For example, <max 500 characters>/<max 500 characters>.

Other Restrictions and Limitations

Google Workspace also has the following restrictions and limitations for content. DryvIQ will handle the content as indicated. 

Non-Transferable File Types and Elements

The following file types and elements cannot be transferred. 

  • Sites, Forms, Fusion Tables, My Maps and Google Workspace Marketplace are all files that are not transferable.

  • Comments in Docs, Sheets, and Slides are not transferable.

Google Docs

Native Google documents will be handled as indicated below. 

  • Although some platforms such as Box and Dropbox support Google Docs, DryvIQ does not currently support transferring them to Google Workspace.

  • When transferring Google Docs from Google Workspace to another platform, DryvIQ will export the documents as Microsoft Office documents.

    • Google Docs convert to docx files.

    • Google Slides convert to pptx files.

    • Google Sheets convert to xlsx files.

    • Google Drawings converts to svg files.

    • Google Apps Script converts to json files.

  • Google Forms, Fusion Tables, Sites and My Maps are not available for download in Google Workspace. This means DryvIQ is prevented from transferring these items. Expected behavior is the item will be flagged with the error message "IO Violation and message:Downloading content is not supported for file...".

Microsoft Office Documents

When transferring Microsoft Office documents to Google Workspace, you can choose to either keep their original format or import them as Google Docs when setting up the connection.

Google does not allow downloading of native link files that appear on the Google platforms. DryvIQ will filter these files out of the migration job and log the skipped reason for reference.

Versioning and Simulation

For Google native documents, only the size of the current version can be calculated from the API. When running a simulation job with versioning enabled, only the size of the current version of the file will be shown. The size of the other versions will not be calculated for these documents.


Create Connection | Multiple Domains

DryvIQ supports creating a connection with access to multiple domains within an enterprise.

  • Ensure to use an Admin account that has full access to the corresponding domains.

  • Omit the domain name when creating the connection.

  • Use the admin account as the subject / Subject email when creating the connection.

Create connection | REST API

The sample code below shows how to create a Google Workspace connection that uses impersonation. Make sure the following fields are set accordingly. 

  • The id should be google-suite.

  • The client_email should be the Google Workspace Admin Service Account.

  • The subject should be the email for the user you would like to impersonate.

{ "name": "Google Workspace Service Account (Admin Connection)", "type": "service_account", "project_id": "your-project-id", "platform": { "id": "google-suite" }, "auth": { "private_key": "-----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----...-----END PRIVATE KEY-----\n", "client_email": "", "client_id": "12345678901234567890", "subject": "," "delete_behavior": "permanent" } }




DryvIQ Migrate Version: 5.7.1
Release Date: May 17, 2024