The Story of SPC

The Beginning.

Our inaugural SharePoint Conference took place in Bellevue, Washington in May 2006, with Keynote speaker Bill Gates calling SharePoint the most “revolutionary” element in all of Microsoft Office, and an eager group of hardcore techies listened as announcements, demonstrations, and previews detailed the future of information sharing with the upcoming release of Office SharePoint Portal Server 2007. SPC06 outlined where we wanted the industry to go, and how we were going to get it there… together. By the end of the week, more than sixty different sessions had discussed hundreds of topics including workflow, collaboration, higher connectivity, tablet computers, and advanced web services. The ideas were audacious, and the bars were set high, but one thing was certain… SPC was here to stay.

SPC08 once again rocked the greater Seattle area. Attendance had more than doubled since the first SPC and a highly energized community began to develop out of the rapidly growing user base. Attendees kicked back at social events, formed running groups, clubs, and other extracurricular activities, and shared stories and laughs at the numerous networking opportunities surrounding the conference. It was an action-packed week of SharePoint and fun, and it remains an extraordinary experience for the SharePoint community who attended.

What happens here, stays here…

In 2009, SPC09 traded in the tree-lined views of the Pacific Northwest for the bright lights of Las Vegas. SharePoint conference was now the main event on the calendar of IT Pros, Developers, and SharePoint stakeholders around the world. The technical aspect of the conference was anchored by the major SharePoint 2010 announcement, which would place SharePoint at the center of a connected intranet and internet, and create a seamless and integrated experience for users. The attitude at SPC was once again charged by the attendees, as partners, sponsors, community members and Microsoft experts came together for the largest SharePoint event yet.

Attendance had again nearly doubled. SharePoint was connecting people and information in an unexpected way. There were sessions, workshops, and labs during the day, followed by dancing and celebrations at night. The atmosphere was palpable, and the combination of new SharePoint material and nonstop social happenings kept the crowds coming back for more. Oh, and did we forget that Huey Lewis showed Sin City that it’s “Hip to be Square” against a backdrop of fireworks in front of screaming SharePoint crowds? No we didn’t. And if you were there, neither did you.

The happiest place on earth.

The gates of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland opened to the SharePoint community for SPC11 in early October, 2011.  In only its fourth year, SPC was already a Tier 1 Microsoft event, and this year Mickey and the gang would have their hands full as SPC returned bigger and better than ever.  The conference buzzed with major announcements about SharePoint moving to the cloud. Conference regulars showed the ropes to first-time attendees and community members traded their Twitter handles and connected on LinkedIn.

At night, a spontaneous party grew into what would be called “Club SPC” and quickly overflowed into an adjacent hotel space dubbed “Lounge SPC”. Cocktails and business cards were handed around as DJs spun tracks onto the three floors of partygoers. Outside, Disney parades and fireworks erupted throughout the park while the announcement that SPC12 would be returning to Vegas rung out. Once again, SPC had been a resounding success. Driven by strong sessions, visionary speakers, informative videos, and amplified by an enthusiastic community, word was spreading through the social sphere that SharePoint Conference was not be missed.

Share more. Do more.

With attendees from more than 83 countries, SPC12 was all about social. Having recently acquired Yammer, the conference highlighted how enterprise social was changing the way people worked together. It was a perfect match for the conference, which has always been about how people connect. During the keynote, #SPC12 became the top trending tweet on the planet. SPC12 also welcomed a new audience to team up with the Developer and IT Pro audiences: Executives. SPC now boasted over 20,000 minutes of expert content targeted towards the three main SharePoint communities.

Mandalay Bay was illuminated with life as raffles, giveaways, and armfuls of swag by day turned into mouthwatering food, choreographed dancing, and lasting friendships by night. People cheered from balconies and lined the pools as Bon Jovi shook the city at the SPC12 private party, sandwiched between days of deep dive sessions and engaging workshops and labs.

Connect, reimagine, transform…

Connect, reimage and transform. The 2014 SharePoint Conference kicked off again under the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV.

Microsoft took over Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 3-6th for the largest and most comprehensive event on the planet for SharePoint, Yammer, Office 365 and related technologies with a keynote delivered by former President Bill Clinton. #SPC14 launched Office Delve, a renewed enthusiasm for Yammer, and of course the Office Graph.

 

 

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

After a brief 4 year hiatis, the SharePoint Conference returned in the Spring of 2018 to a familiar location, Las Vegas, Nevada at the world famous MGM Grand. The 2018 SharePoint Conference was the first SharePoint Conference that served both an in-person audience of 2500+ attendees, but also an online audience who tuned in to our live streamed keynote as part of our SharePoint Virtual Summit!

SPC18 was 2018’s premier event for SharePoint and related technologies, featuring over 140 sessions (8,400 minutes) of content under one roof. SPC18 was a celebration not only of the return of the SharePoint Conference, but also the community that makes it all possible – in addition to some of the world’s best speakers and authorities on Office 365, SPC18 closed out the event with the world’s best party band the B-52s!

 

It’s time to bring the community back together again!

SPC is back! Join the world’s top SharePoint and Microsoft 365 experts in a setting perfectly suited for our extraordinary community. Now is the time to create your own SharePoint story. A huge variety of topics geared towards our three main audiences have been reengineered to provide groundbreaking solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s problems.

Bill Gates was right… this is revolutionary. Be a part of it.

 

 

Join us at the SharePoint Conference – May 21-23, 2019 in Las Vegas!

The SharePoint Conference is fast approaching – lf you’re an IT Professional, implementer, decision maker, business user, or developer you don’t want to miss the SharePoint Conference. Join us as Microsoft unveils its vision, roadmap, and latest innovations across SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, Stream and Office 365. We cover all things teamwork related to help our customers succeed with Microsoft 365.

This promises to be the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to SharePoint in 2019. The SharePoint Conference will provide the training, insights, and networking opportunities you need to successfully develop, deploy, govern, and get the most from SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, Stream, and Office 365.

Register by February 18 to save and receive a hotel gift card.

Still on the fence?  Hotel rooms at the venue are booking quickly, reserve your stay at the venue at https://book.passkey.com/event/49694527/owner/28465/home before they run out and register for the event at a later date.

Kick start the new year and your cloud migration with new SharePoint Migration Tool improvements

We’re excited to announce new improvements to the SharePoint Migration Tool for the month of January.

Designed to be used for migrations ranging from the smallest set of files to a large scale enterprise migration, the SharePoint Migration Tool will let you bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions with Office 365.

Improvements this month include:

A new, updated UI aligned with the Office 365 user experience

This release of the SharePoint Migration Tool includes improvements to the user interface with a new, simplified control service more aligned to the visual themes of SharePoint Online.

Ability to start new migrations without having to restart the SharePoint Migration Tool

Now in this release of the SharePoint Migration Tool you can start new migrations without having to restart the migration tool.

Improved interaction flow including simplified setting review experience

More easily access and view the settings needed to support your migration scenario with a new simplified interaction flow and review experience.

About the SharePoint Migration Tool

The SharePoint Migration Tool is designed to simplify your journey to the cloud through a free, simple, and fast solution to migrate content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365.  The SharePoint Migration Tool allows you to accelerate your journey to Office 365 overcoming obstacles typically associated with migration projects.  With the SharePoint Migration Tool you can evaluate and address the information that matters the most to your organization, the Libraries, and now Lists that form the foundation of the SharePoint experience.  Using the SharePoint Migration Tool you can start your migration today and take advantage of the full suite of features and security capabilities that Office 365 offers.

Keep reading to learn more about the SharePoint Migration Tool or download the latest version now at https://aka.ms/SPMT.

Getting Started

You can download the SharePoint Migration Tool at http://aka.ms/SPMT.  Through v3 of the SharePoint Migration Tool you’ll have available to you the innovation we’re delivering to help you bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions with Office 365.

What’s next…

Through continued innovation across migration scenarios we’ll be adding more capabilities over time to the SharePoint Migration Tool, including support for more SharePoint versions, site structure migrations, and more.  Subscribe here to stay up to date on future announcements for SharePoint and Office 365.

Wrapping Up…

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.

Learn more about migrating to Office 365 at https://resources.techcommunity.microsoft.com/cloud-migration/.

Learn more about the SharePoint Migration Tool at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Introducing-the-SharePoint-Migration-Tool-9c38f5df-300b-4adc-8fac-648d0215b5f7.

Prepare your environment for migration using the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool by learning more at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53598.

 

Migrating to Microsoft Teams using the SharePoint Migration Tool

The SharePoint Migration Tool lets you migrate lists or files from your SharePoint on-premises document libraries or from your on-premises file shares and easily move them to either SharePoint, OneDrive or Microsoft Teams in Office 365. It is available to Office 365 users.

Designed to be used for migrations ranging from the smallest set of files to a large scale enterprise migration, the SharePoint Migration Tool will let you bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions with Office 365.

Microsoft Teams and SharePoint File Storage

With Microsoft Teams you can create a more open, digital environment. Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that brings together people, conversations, content and tools—creating a more open, digital environment. Threaded conversations make it easy to understand what each employee is referencing, and employees can co-author and collaborate on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents without ever leaving the app.

Microsoft Teams and SharePoint team sites are each organized by project, organization, topic, or other area of interest for a group of people.  Similar to traditional SharePoint implementations within organizations, Microsoft Teams and its channels will often align to the same information architecture.

The relationship with SharePoint drives this structure in that each Microsoft Team automatically has a modern SharePoint site associated with it; that’s where channel documents are stored. Each channel is associated with a folder in the SharePoint site’s document library. In addition, files sent between users outside of a Teams channel are stored in the sender’s OneDrive for Business folder.

Files are at the center of collaboration, using the SharePoint Migration Tool you can quickly and easily start taking advantage of Microsoft Teams through migrating your on-premises content to Microsoft Teams libraries and folders.

Migrating SharePoint 2013 documents to the Microsoft Teams Default Document Library

  1. Start the SharePoint Migration Tool, and then click Next.
  2. Enter your Office 365 username and password, and then click Sign in.
  3. Select Choose a source and destination.
  4. Select SharePoint Server (on-premises).
  5. Enter the SharePoint Server 2013 site URL where your data is currently located. Click Next.
  6. Enter your username and password to the SharePoint Server site; username must use the format of someone@example.com. Click Sign in.
  7. Choose the document library where your files are located. The drop-down list will contain all your possible choices.
  8. Enter the URL of the SharePoint Online site where you want your files migrated.
  9. Select the document library to where your files will be moved.
  10. Click Add. This task will be added to the list. If you want to select another set of data files to migrate, click Choose a source and destination.

Migrating File Shares to the Microsoft Teams Default Document Library

  1. Start the SharePoint Migration Tool, and then click Next.
  2. Enter your Office 365 username and password, and then click Sign in.
  3. Select Choose a source and destination.
  4. Select File share.
  5. Enter the path of the file share where your data is located. Click Next.
  6. Enter the URL of the SharePoint Online site where you want your files migrated, and then enter your username and password to the SharePoint Server site. Click Sign in.
  7. Choose the document library to where your files will be moved.
  8. Click Add. This task will be added to the list. If you want to select another set of data files to migrate, click Choose a source and destination.
  9. When you have finished selecting your sources, click Migrate.

Migrating File Shares, Home Directories, or SharePoint 2013 documents to Microsoft Teams to Channel Folders

Using the SharePoint Migration Tool you can migrate content to the Microsoft Teams default document library as described in the previous steps, in addition to Microsoft Teams channels. Migrating to Microsoft Teams channels requires using either the CSV or JSON bulk migration option with the SharePoint Migration Tool.

To use a JSON or CSV file for bulk migration

  1. Open the SharePoint Migration Tool, and then click Next.
  2. Enter your Office 365 username and password, and then click Sign in.
  3. Select JSON or CSV file for bulk migration. Enter the location of your file, or click Choose File to locate it. Click Add.

Assuming a SharePoint on-premises migration to the General channel folder as illustrated earlier this example shows how it would appear in a .txt file.

Sample (csv):

Source,SourceDocLib,SourceSubFolder,TargetWeb,TargetDocLib,TargetSubFolder

C:MigrationTeststestfiles,,,https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/Finance/,SharePoint Documents,General

https://sharepoint2013.com/sites/contosoteamsite/,DocumentLibraryName,DocLibrarySubfolder_name,https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/Finance/,SharePoint Documents,General

Sample (JSON):

{
   "Tasks":[
      {
         "SourcePath":"https://sharepoint2013.com/sites/contosoteamsite/",
         "TargetPath":"https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/Finance",
         "Items":{
            "Lists":[
               {
                  "SourceList":"SharePoint Documents",
                  "TargetList":"Shared Documents, General"
               }
            ],
         }
      },
   ]
}

For more information on how to create a JSON or CSV file for data content migration, see How to format your JSON or CSV file for data content migration.

  1. If your JSON or CSV file is successfully added without errors, the job will be added to your list of sources and destinations.
  2. If you want to select another set of data files to migrate, click Choose a source and destination.
  3. When you have finished selecting your sources, click Migrate.

Learn more about the SharePoint Migration Tool and the different ways it can help to accelerate success in Office 365 at https://aka.ms/spmt.