Warning: This licensing process is NOT recommended! Proceed carefully. Following these steps will assign licenses to suspended users, which is difficult to clean up later.
Auto-Licensing by OU is best for large organizations that have a suspended OU for inactive users and a list of licensed users that does not change often. The organization should intend to license EVERY user in the selected OU and have a planned workflow to reclaim licenses from the suspended user OU. This method works best when there is a cushion of licenses to work with. It offers the advantage of license removal protection since nothing can remove an auto-assigned license from users in the OU.
- Log into Google Admin console.
- Navigate to the Subscriptions page.
Main menu > Billing > Subscriptions
- Click on the license type you want to assign.
- Click Manage licensing settings.
- Ensure that you keep the Automatic licensing OFF at the Root.
- Navigate to the OU that you would like to auto-assign licenses to and click the pencil icon next to Google Workspace for Education Automatic licenses OFF.
- Click OVERRIDE for any OU that you would like to apply licenses to. Licenses are automatically applied to any user within that OU, including suspended users.
- Repeat the process until you have auto-assigned the users who need Google Workspace.
Note: If you move users to a suspended OU, the Google Workspace license remains on their user account. You will need to manually remove Google Workspace (paid editions) licenses from suspended users after moving them from an OU that has auto-assign applied.
Alternate auto-licensing option from Amplified IT
If this method for licensing is close but not quite what you need, consider Amplified IT's licensing tool. This tool is offered for free to customers who purchase Workspace licensing through us. It allows for automatic licensing by OU or group and recognizes suspended users.