Approve Or Deny GSuite Access For Devices

The Google Directory integration with GSuite allows you to manage which devices have access to GSuite. This allows you to control access based on a variety of factors.

Below, you’ll find a Google Cloud Function that is meant to respond to a webhook. This function takes an action to set a device into ‘approve’ or ‘deny’ as a state within Google Directory. Before using the function you’ll want to set CustomerID, ResourceID, and EMAIL_ACCOUNT for your GSuite account before using.

Once you have all that, you can upload in your Google Cloud Console.

# Google Cloud Function meant to respond to a webhook
# Takes an action to set a device into approve or deny state
# Set CustomerID, ResourceID, and EMAIL_ACCOUNT for your GSuite account before using

from google.oauth2 import service_account
import googleapiclient.discovery

SCOPES = ['']

def get_credential():
credentials = service_account.Credentials.from_service_account_file(SERVICE_ACCOUNT_FILE, scopes=SCOPES)
delegated_credentials = credentials.with_subject(EMAIL_ACCOUNT)
# admin ='admin', 'directory_v1', credentials=credentials)
admin ='admin', 'directory_v1', credentials=delegated_credentials)
return admin

def get_mobiledevice_list(admin, customerId):
results = admin.mobiledevices().list(customerId=customerId).execute()
mobiledevices = results.get('mobiledevices', [])
print('mobile devices name and resourceId')
for mobiledevice in mobiledevices:
print(u'{0} ({1})'.format(mobiledevice['name'], mobiledevice['resourceId']))
return results

def action_mobiledevice(admin, customerId, resourceId, actionName): # actionName: "approve", "block",etc body = dict(action=actionName)
results = admin.mobiledevices().action(customerId=customerId, resourceId=resourceId, body=body).execute()
return results

def main():
admin = get_credential()
customerId = ''
resourceId = ''
action = "approve"
#action = "block"

mobiledevice_list = get_mobiledevice_list(admin, customerId)

action_mobiledevice(admin, customerId, resourceId, action)
print ("Approved successfully")

if __name__ == '__main__':

This is likely to evolve, given that you’ll likely want to migrate your settings into a database as part of your build process, but the general logic is here for now. Happy Googleatinging!

Manage the Look of Launchpad

You can control the number of columns and rows in LaunchPad. To do so, edit the defaults domain with the key springboard-rows for the number of rows to display and springboard-columns to control the number of columns displayed. So to set the number of rows LaunchPad will show per screen, send the write verb into defaults for along with the springboard-rows and an -int of 4:

defaults write springboard-rows -int 4

Likewise, to set columns to 8:

defaults write springboard-columns -int 8

Then just killall for Dock:

killall Dock

In some cases you will also need to send a resetlaunchpad boolean into (for TRUE) along with a killall for Dock (or reboot):

defaults write resetlaunchpad -bool TRUE; killall Dock

Setup Google Cloud Functions

Google Cloud Functions provide a streamlined method for running a simple micro-service leveraging custom functions as well as SDKs for any Google service that can be imported into your script. Currently, node.js is the only non-beta language you can build scripts in.


Before you setup Google Cloud Functions in your G Suite domain, first provide the account of a developer with the appropriate permissions, identified in the attached screen. 

Enable The SDKs You Need

G Suite has a number of features exposed to their API by importing SDKs into projects. As an example, the Admin SDK provides us with endpoints and classes that make developing micro services to perform actions in the G Suite admin portal easier. In this section we’ll import that SDK, although the tasks for importing other SDKs is similar. 

To get started, open the Google Cloud Platform using the button in the upper left hand corner and click on APIs and Services (the names of these buttons change over time).

TheClick on the Enable APIs and Services button in the dashboard.

Under Credentials, provide the appropriate credentials for the app you’re importing the SDK into.

Search for Admin SDK in the search dialog.

Click Admin SDK, made by Google.

Click Enable.

Once enabled, you’ll need to create a service account for your function to communicate with.

Setup A Service Account

Service accounts give you a JWT, useful to authenticate from a Google Cloud Function back to an instance of the GSuite Admin portal endpoints. To setup a Service account, go to “IAM & admin” using the button in the upper left hand corner. 

Click on Services Accounts.

Provide a project name and a location (if your organization uses locations, otherwise leave that set to No Organization.

Create Your Google Cloud Function

The Google Cloud Function is the microservice that you can then call. This might be sending some json from an app to perform a task from an app, or sending a webhook to the function to perform an action. To get started with functions, click Cloud Function at the bottom of the Google Cloud Platform dashboard.

If functions aren’t enabled, click Enable Billing.

If necessary, click UPGRADE.

The function api will also need to be enabled; if so, click Enable API.

Once all of this is done, you should have a button that says Create function. Click that and then you’ll be able to provide settings for the function.

Settings include the following:

  • Name: How the function is called in the admin panel. 
  • Memory allocated: How much memory the function can consume.
  • Trigger: Most will use HTTP for our purposes.
  • URL: The URL you use to call the function. 
  • Source: The code (typically node.js) that is run.

Note: The package.json allows for us to leverage this function in a multi-tenant fashion. 

Once enabled, you can hit the endpoint. If there’s no header parameters you need to send, that could be as simple as:


Limit Upload and Download Streams for Google Drive File Stream on macOS

Google Drive File Stream allows you to access files from Google’s cloud. It’s pretty easy for a lot of our coworkers to saturate our pipes. So you can configure a maximum download and upload speed in kilobytes per second. To do so write a defaults domain into /Library/Preferences/ and use a key of BandwidthRxKBPS for download and BandwidthTxKBPS for upload (downstream and upstream as they refer to them) as follows:

defaults write BandwidthRxKBPS -int 200
defaults write BandwidthTxKBPS -int 200

Super-Simple Bash Graphs

The sparkr gem is installed by default in macOS. To use it to produce simple graphs, simply run it followed by a series of integers:

sparkr 12 110 250 110 12

The result would be as follows:

This is useful for a quick and dirty visualization in scripts. For example, a series of 5, 10, 200 numbers that don’t have that much range where you’re just looking for a simple pattern. Like number of lines in logs, etc. Obviously, you can pay a lot of money for graphing frameworks and very fancy-schmancy tools. This is really just for me in small scripts. 

Note: sparkr isn’t installed on all Mac systems. to install it manually use:

sudo gem install sparkr

Thanks to Armin Briegel for pointing out that sparkr isn’t installed by default on the latest OSen.