SharePoint and OneDrive Management, Migration, and Security Updates

In this post:

SharePoint Admin Center Updates

SharePoint Migration Tool Updates

OneDrive Files Restore

Microsoft has been building enterprise software for decades and running some of the largest online services in the world. We draw from this experience to keep making SharePoint and OneDrive more secure for users, implementing and continuously improving security-aware software development, operational management, and threat-mitigation practices that are essential to the strong protection of your services and data. This update shares upcoming improvements in SharePoint and OneDrive.

SharePoint Admin Center Preview

ROLLING OUT NOW TO TARGETED RELEASE ON 2/1

Innovation in the cloud drives tremendous business value, and it delivers new capabilities to the IT professionals who work tirelessly to support, configure, administer, and secure their organizations’ content and services.

While our new user experiences are designed to be simpler, more intuitive, and more powerful we also believe administration should be just as simple, just as intuitive, and just as powerful, and to that we’re introducing a completely revamped SharePoint Admin center that draws heavily on our modern principles. An administrative console designed to help IT achieve more, so their users can achieve more.

For Targeted Release customers the option to try the new SharePoint Admin Center will be available through the existing administration experience for SharePoint Online (see illustration below).  This permits the use of both administrative experiences as we continue to refine and add capabilities to the new admin center that are currently not present in the existing administrative experience.

  • Sign in to Office 365 as a global admin or SharePoint admin.
  • Select the app launcher icon in the upper-left and choose Admin to open the Office 365 admin center. (If you don’t see the Admin tile, you don’t have Office 365 administrator permissions in your organization.)
  • In the left pane, choose Admin centers > SharePoint.

To see more of the new SharePoint Admin Center check out the video below:

To learn more about the new SharePoint Admin Center refer to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Get-started-with-the-new-SharePoint-admin-center-0bb250bb-1d3c-43f8-b751-b322522ccf33.

General Availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool

GENERAL AVAILABILITY ON 1/9/2018 refer to complete article at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-Blog/General-Availability-of-the-SharePoint-Migration-Tool-amp/ba-p/143689/jump-to/first-unread-message.

Taking advantage of cloud services doesn’t have to be difficult or a long-phased migration project.  In addition to the new SharePoint Admin Center, we’re also announcing General Availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool, a new free, simple, and fast migration solution to help you migrate content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365.

Based on the learning and experience from Microsoft FastTrack, using the SharePoint Migration Tool from Microsoft with a few simple clicks you can begin to bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions with Office 365.

Whether you’re looking to migrate from file shares on-premises to SharePoint or OneDrive or from on-premises versions of SharePoint, the SharePoint Migration Tool is designed to support the smallest of migrations to large scale migrations with support for bulk scenarios.

Using the SharePoint Migration Tool, you can quickly and easily migrate files from file shares, SharePoint sites, or support bulk migrations with a few simple clicks in the intuitive user interface.

To get started with the SharePoint Migration Tool refer to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/How-to-use-the-SharePoint-Migration-Tool-65462df1-42fe-40cf-88f7-e39f82f5130f..

While the SharePoint Migration Tool provides support for many migration scenarios, we recognize your needs may differ in scope and complexity.  For more complex migrations, support with adoption and usage, or help planning Microsoft FastTrack includes resources, tools, and experts to make your rollout of Office 365 a success.

To learn more about Microsoft FastTrack visit https://fasttrack.microsoft.com/office.  In addition, consider one of Microsoft’s many partners that can help ensure your migration to Office 365 is both seamless and successful.

Getting Started
To get started and preview the new SharePoint Migration Tool from Microsoft visit https://aka.ms/spmt.

OneDrive Files Restore Rolling out to Production

ROLLING OUT NOW refer to complete article at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/OneDrive-Blog/Announcing-New-OneDrive-for-Business-feature-Files-Restore/bc-p/147462#M387.

Data loss is non-negotiable, it’s not something that can be bought back.  From corruption, to ransomware, to just accidental deletion—losing content can completely disrupt a business.  The recent issues with WannaCry and other ransomware attacks showed just how disruptive it can be.

Keeping your data safe has always been a top concern.  In addition to simplifying control with the new SharePoint Migration Tool and migration with the SharePoint Migration Tool, we are also excited to announce that “OneDrive File Restore”, a complete self-service recovery solution to allow content owners to go back in time to any second in the last 30 days is now rolling out to our customers.   Now your users and your administrators can rewind changes using activity data to find the exact moment to revert to.

Files Restore starts rolling out today and will be fully rolled out by Spring 2018.

Resources

To learn more about the new SharePoint Admin Center, the SharePoint Migration Tool, and Files Restore with OneDrive and more security, admin ,and migration capabilities in SharePoint and OneDrive, watch the video below.

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/55100?source=sessions

Top 7 Reasons to attend SharePoint Conference North America (SPC18)

SharePoint Conference North America promises to be the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to SharePoint, OneDrive, and related technologies in 2018.  Since our first SharePoint Conference in 2006 and each thereafter I’ve been blown away by the passion and creativity demonstrated by our community.  2018 promises to be a watershed moment for SharePoint and we can’t wait to share with you what we’re working on and I wanted to share with you my top 7 reasons (one for each previous SharePoint Conference + 1 for 2018) for why you should join me and almost 100 of our SharePoint and OneDrive team in Las Vegas, Nevada May 21-23 for the event.

  1. The most SharePoint experts in one place.  Meet, mingle and network with hundreds of Microsoft SharePoint engineers, Product and Program Managers, and MVPs.
  2. Learn something new from the top industry speakers.  With over 140 sessions (8,400 minutes of content) and dedicated on-site workshops, SharePoint Conference North America is the most comprehensive event in 2018 covering SharePoint, OneDrive, and related technologies to include Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and more… You’re bound to find the perfect mix of sessions.
  3. Real Customers. Real Deployments. Real Experience.  Experience hundreds of real world examples and demos from some of our largest customers.
  4. Drive SharePoint adoption.  With new business sessions, your non-technical colleagues will leave SharePoint Conference North America with the insight and knowledge they need to be successful.
  5. Find the right SharePoint solution for you.  Connect with over 60 SharePoint partners exhibiting in the expo hall all week. Learn about partner solutions to help drive your business needs and strategy through partner led sessions and an expansive expo hall with dozens of sponsors and exhibitors.
  6. Roadmap, vision, and strategy.  Be the first to hear about the exciting new features we’re bringing across SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and more and experience a compelling and informative keynote featuring Jeff Teper, Seth Patton, and Omar Shahine where you’ll be able to learn about future vision and strategy and gain in person access to additional SharePoint Virtual Summit content…
  7. Workshops and labs to help build your skills.  In addition to exclusive session content you will have access to Hands on Labs, as well as opportunities to network with technical and industry experts including Microsoft engineers, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), SharePoint customers and many of our top Certified Partners.

Still not convinced? To learn more about Microsoft SharePoint Conference North America, see our list of breakout sessions and to register, visit http://www.sharepointna.com.

SharePoint Conference North America

The SharePoint Conference North America is less than ~123 days away, if you’re an IT Professional, implementer, decision maker, business user, or developer you don’t want to miss this SharePoint Conference.

The SharePoint Conference North America promises to be 2018’s premier event for SharePoint and related technologies, featuring over 140 sessions (8,400 minutes) of content under one roof.  In addition, SharePoint Conference North America is the host for this years SharePoint Virtual Summit where we’ll share the latest innovations, vision, and strategy across SharePoint and OneDrive.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of the action, live, and in-person.

For IT Professionals

In today’s world of converging technologies and operating models, IT Professionals are under more demand to deliver value and foster innovation within organizations.  SharePoint Conference North America for IT Professionals recognizes these challenges and delivers deep technical and business content to ensure the IT Professional not only comes away with a more fundamental understand of SharePoint, but also its related technologies and infrastructure.  From Azure Active Directory to OneDrive and more you’ll find content covering a variety of topics and technologies to help position your organization better now and in the future through continued technological innovations and changes in our global and dynamic marketplace.

SharePoint Conference North America is not only about connecting you with the latest technology trends, but also connecting you with your peers.  Through its sessions you’ll learn from the foremost SharePoint experts and through a number of scheduled day and evening events you’ll be able to connect with peers and technology leaders one on one in casual settings to share ideas and learn best practices.

For the IT Professional audience we’ll have over 100 dedicated sessions,  deep demonstrations, and more. Whether you’re just learning about SharePoint or have been working with SharePoint you’ll find a variety of sessions, chalk talks, and labs that provide a blend of overview, deep dive experience, and best practice recommendations.

For Developers

Learn more about developer tools, resources, and solutions that help you design and build solutions that harness the power of the Office 365 platform, and expand the reach of your solution to new customers, partners, and markets. In addition, you will be able to connect with Microsoft MVPs, community leaders, and other developers in your area.

For Business Users

Learn how businesses are changing strategies to leverage the cloud and better support digital transformation and how your peers are tackling similar challenges. In addition, learn and share best practices and come home with new ideas, how other customers are moving workloads of all sizes, including mission critical applications, to the cloud now, and how to use SharePoint, OneDrive, and more to connect, collaborate, and communicate more effectively.

Need more convincing to register today, have a look at the pre- and post-conference opportunities. Whether you’re looking get started in the cloud or remain on premises we have sessions before, throughout, and after the conference to help you meet your learning goals.

SharePoint Conference North America is about connecting you with technology, your peers, and the cloud.  Don’t miss your chance to be part of the world’s largest SharePoint conference and register today.

Still on the fence?  Hotel rooms at the venue are booking quickly, reserve your stay at the venue at https://aws.passkey.com/event/49175522/owner/28465/home before they run out and register for the event at a later date.

By the way, did I mention it’s Las Vegas?

General Availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool & SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool Updates

GENERAL AVAILABILITY TODAY

Taking advantage of cloud services doesn’t have to be difficult or a long-phased migration project.  Today we’re excited to announce General Availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool, a simple, and fast migration solution to help you migrate content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365.

Based on the learning and experience from Microsoft FastTrack, the SharePoint Migration Tool from Microsoft  was designed to help you bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions with Office 365.

With a few simple clicks in the intuitive user interface, you can quickly and easily migrate files from file shares, SharePoint sites, or support bulk migrations.

Whether you’re looking to migrate from file shares on-premises to SharePoint or OneDrive or from on-premises versions of SharePoint, the SharePoint Migration Tool supports the smallest of migrations to large scale migrations with support for bulk scenarios.

SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool Updates

In parallel to releasing the SharePoint Migration Tool, we’re also making it easier to ensure your migration is successful by helping you remediate common migration issues before they occur through improvements to the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool.  Improvements in the latest release include:

A Unified Download Package

  • SMAT.exe will determine the version of SharePoint on which it’s installed and run the appropriate tool based on the parameters passed to it. Works on both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

New and Updates Assessment Scans

  • New Assessment Scans
    • Custom Permission Levels. Enumerates and reports on all locations that a custom permission level has been created.
    • External Lists – Enumerates and reports on all external lists (BCS connected) in the environment.
  • Changes to existing assessment scans
    • Default filter added to site language to exclude 1033.
    • Default filter added to Customized Pages to exclude anything under _catalogs.
    • Retry logic added to calls to remote resources such as SQL Server. This will help the scans succeed in environments with suspect connectivity. -r switch  added to command line to enable an operator to specify the number of retries. Default is 3.

Improved Identity Mapping Support

  • Ability to generate a full identity report that provides a comprehensive view of the users and groups that have access to the SharePoint environment and if they were able to be mapped to Azure Active Directory identities.
  • Ability to generate an identity mapping file that can be consumed by SPMT or other tool that can use the SMAT identity mapping format.
  • New identity mapping scans configured in the same scandef.json file as the assessment scans.
    • SharePoint Identity Scanner – Discovers all the users and groups that have access to SharePoint.
    • Active Directory Identity Scanner – If the identities found in SharePoint are Windows accounts, lookup Active Directory information for the users and groups. This data is useful to track down identities that did not have a mapping in Azure Active Directory.
    • Azure Active Directory Identity Scanner – Look up users and groups found in SharePoint in the Azure Active Directory tenant the user logged into. Determine if there is an Exact Match, Partial Match, or No Match.
      • ExactMatch – Windows SID in SharePoint matches the OnPremisesSecurityIdentifier in Azure AD.
      • PartialMatch – Claim value in SharePoint matches UPN or email. Display Name in SharePoint matches Display Name in Azure AD.
      • NoMatch – Unable to find an exact/partial match.

While the SharePoint Migration Tool and SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool provide support for many migration scenarios, we recognize your needs may differ in scope and complexity.  For more complex migrations, support with adoption and usage, or help planning Microsoft FastTrack includes resources, tools, and experts to make your rollout of Office 365 a success.

To learn more about Microsoft FastTrack visit https://fasttrack.microsoft.com/office.  In addition, consider one of Microsoft’s many partners that can help ensure your migration to Office 365 is both seamless and successful.

Getting Started

To get started and download the new SharePoint Migration Tool from Microsoft visit https://aka.ms/spmt.

To get started and download the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool visit https://aka.ms/smat.