Moving your on-premises SharePoint deployment to SharePoint Online is a great way to streamline your IT infrastructure, and results in higher availability as well as lower operational costs. Choosing a high-performance migration tool is critical for accomplishing quick, error-free migrations to SharePoint Online, since the capabilities of the tool determine how much control you have over what gets transferred. Some migration methods can result in data loss and slow transfer speeds, and tools with complex and confusing interfaces can lead to configuration oversights and migration delays.
Furthermore, successfully transferring your original content to the cloud is only half the battle, because not all migration options succeed in retaining content permissions, security settings and other metadata.It’s also important to avoid using methods that force you to transfer everything from the original server, including out-dated document versions and other undesirable content. Not only does this prolong an already time-consuming migration, but it also misses a great opportunity to cut out the clutter and gain a fresh start.
dSHIFT Migrator for SharePoint Online has been designed to overcome these and other migration challenges, facilitating quick and accurate migrations through a clean, intuitive interface. Just select your content, fine-tune your transfer settings, and map your user accounts. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, go!
Let’s see how easy it is to perform a complete migration to the cloud with dSHIFT Migrator for SharePoint Online.
After installing the migrator’s service on the on-premises SharePoint server, you can install and run its client program from any networked computer, or the server itself.Once the migrator starts, you provide the connection information for both source and destination servers, and then proceed to the migrator’s main screen.Before you begin the migration, you can confirm that all of your sites’ content, security attributes and metadata will be migrated as you expect, so you’ll run the Pre-Migration Scanner.The scanner provides a general report about the content to be migrated, and also highlights potential issues and warnings.
The report indicates that everything looks fine, so you’re okay to begin the migration.To make sure that your site’s users know about the migration, you should use the migrator’s notification option.This lets you add a message banner to each site, informing users of any special instructions, or changes to their SharePoint experience.With these preliminaries taken care of, you can begin the migration itself.
The migrator’s main screen lists all site collections stored on the source and destination servers, and allows you to choose the on-premises collections you’d like to move to the cloud.Accomplishing this is as simple as dragging them to the destination server, nesting and reorganizing them as you go.
Now you can set the default settings for this migration, as well as fine-tune specific settings for each site collection, by right-clicking on a site collection and bringing up its fine-tuning screen.
Here, you can choose to migrate all versions of a site’s elements, or limit my selection to just the most current version. You can also select the last major version, or even decide to migrate the most recent major and minor versions. In situations where older site content is no longer in use, you might prefer to limit your migration to newer content. The date range controls on the fine-tuning screen let you limit the migration for each site to content from specific spans of time.To map on-premises user accounts to new accounts on SharePoint Online, you can right-click on a site, and open its user mapping screen.
If you click Match, the migrator intelligently maps original user accounts to online accounts of the same name.Now that you’ve selected your site collections, fine-tuned their security and version preferences, and mapped all the user accounts you need, the migration is ready to begin.Just click the migrate button, and you’ll be kept informed by the progress bar and migration status updates until the migration has completed.
The dSHIFT Migrator for SharePoint Online supports all out-of-the-box WebParts, site columns, content types, page layouts, and views, as well as list types, including discussion boards, surveys, and events.Other supported content includes both SharePoint and Enterprise wikis, SharePoint Publishing Sites, SharePoint MySites data, and the top navigation bar.Also, lookup lists, fields, and columns are retained, as well as all metadata associated to site content.
The dSHIFT Migrator for SharePoint Online also allows you to back up your sites at any time, and restore them whenever you need to.Once the selected content has been exported, from the original server, transferred, and imported into SharePoint Online, a post-migration report is generated to help you verify that the process was completed as planned.The dSHIFT Migrator for SharePoint Online is compatible with both Shared and Dedicated editions of SharePoint Online, and a single license can be used to migrate your entire server farm.
dSHIFT’s Migrator for SharePoint Online has facilitated thousands of migrations for hundreds of satisfied clients. They have shown appreciation for its easy installation, requiring no changes to the destination server, the exceptional performance of its optimized API, and dSHIFT’s migration experts, ready to provide their clients technical assistance around the clock.