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Choosing a Domain for your LAUSD Chromebooks 
When purchasing Chromebooks, schools have two options on how they would like their machines configured.  Schools have the option of creating their own domain for granular control of their computers, or connect them to the LAUSD.net domain for ease of use.  Chromebooks are inherently different from a typical laptop -they must be connected to a Domain (a “home” location on the internet).
Both approaches have benefits and drawbacks, as shown below. As you can see, the one beneficial part of choosing your school's domain (Downloading Apps), is highly outweighed by the benefits of choosing LAUSD's domain. The benefits of having lower cost, easier use, easier account creation, and more, show that the LAUSD.net domain is the way to go. 


LAUSD.net Domain

Your School’s Domain

Best Choice




Free Domain

Anti-Theft - $2.81/per device/per year  


$8 Initial Domain Cost

Anti-Theft - $2.81/per device/per year 



Ease of Use



“Turn Key” Solution

No Technical Expertise Required

Technical Expertise is a Must

Onsite MCSA -Highly Recommended to Administer/Maintain System


Account Creation

Accounts (students, teachers, staff) Already Created

Same as SSO

Must Create/Maintain Individually



Managed by SSO For All Users

Nothing Needs To Be Configured

Must Be Created/Reset Manually By School Administrator


Downloading Apps

Unable to push Apps to Chromebooks, however

ITD can whitelist Apps and students can download in Chrome Web Store. (24 hours)


Administrative user can push down apps to devices.

Your School’s Domain


No Action Needed



Students and teachers will have GMAIL account from domain.  Teachers manage 2 email accounts (Outlook and GMAIL)


Student/Teacher Transfer or Matriculation


Students will always have access to their files regardless of school enrollment.

Before leaving school, students will have to download their documents on a portable storage device.


GAFE (Google Apps For Education)

Apps are pre-configured and ready to go for student, teacher, and staff member collaboration.

Apps must be configured manually.