Microsoft 365 migration on your terms with new improvements to the SharePoint Migration Tool

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

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.

Over the past several months we’ve been continually working to add features to the SharePoint Migration Tool to help you accelerate your journey to Microsoft 365, from support for full site migrations, to incremental improvements to the user experience – the SharePoint Migration Tool is designed to support migrations of all sizes. This month we’re adding some exciting new improvements to help you on your journey to the cloud.

Improvements this month include:

Managed Metadata Service support

If you have an existing taxonomy in SharePoint Server 2013, the SharePoint Migration Tool can now migrate your content types and term stores to Office 365. Global term store migration requires global tenant admin permissions.

Web Parts Support, Site Navigation, and more…

The SharePoint Migration Tool has continuously improved to support more complex migration requirements. From a humble beginning of accelerating files migration to incremental improvements leading up to complete SharePoint 2013 site migrations. Now using the SharePoint Migration Tool you can migrate just about every element of SharePoint sites that you care most about including Web Parts, Pages, and site navigation!

For a detailed list of improvements in this release, refer to the release notes at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointmigration/new-and-improved-features-in-the-sharepoint-mig….

If you’re new to the SharePoint Migration Tool, keep reading below to learn more about how you can transform your business by bringing it to the cloud.

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-4ad….

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.

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.

The world has changed since 2010, end of support for Groove 2010 products

Today’s business environments are very different to those of 10+ years ago. Groove Server has been a trusted friend for peer-to-peer collaboration over a decade, but there are better ways to deliver against today’s business expectations and technical possibilities. It’s time to upgrade to a modern workpkace, taking advantage of ubiquitous connectivity and access to the cloud for scale, agility and performance.

For Groove Server 2010 end of support is October 13th, 2020.

Groove is peer-to-peer collaborative software. Groove Server is a Windows-based software package that helps you deploy and administer Microsoft SharePoint Workspace when Groove peer workspaces are being used. Groove Server 2010 provides access to Groove Server Manager and Relay services through a hosted environment at a Microsoft data center.

What End of Support Means?

From October 13th, 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer security updates, support or technical content updates for Groove Server 2010 and related products. The result?

 

  • Groove 2010 and the workloads and applications running on it will become more expensive to operate
  • Security patches and hotfixes will no longer be available, leaving servers and applications vulnerable to security threats and downtime
  • Outdated software creates compliance risks

 

NOTE

Beginning with the release of Microsoft Office 2010, Groove adopts the support lifecycle of the Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Customers must be at the supported service pack level to receive support.

Moving Forward

Migrating from Groove is an ideal opportunity to transform your business and leverage the power, experience, and cloud innovation built into the modern Office 365 platform. SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams provide the building blocks for your business to benefit from the power of the cloud on your terms whether deployed independently or in hybrid configuration. By migrating to Office 365 for business mobility, you won’t just avoid the cost and risk of running unsupported server software. You’ll gain access to powerful new capabilities that will help your business be more agile – like enterprise-grade security, file mobility, and access to the cloud.

Determining a migration path

Groove Server provided a broad array of capabilities that drove group-based communication and collaboration through a peer-to-peer model.  While these benefits enabled teams of individuals to connect regardless of network or network conditions, the world of connectivity has fundamentally changed since 2010.  In the age of ubiquitous connectivity that allows cloud services to deliver capability across organizational and network boundaries, solutions such as Microsoft Teams in Office 365 offer better capabilities and access through web and desktop clients as well as mobile apps.

For example, if Groove was primarily used for persistent chat and workspace capabilities choose Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams is a complete chat and online meetings solution that allows you host audio, video, and web conferences, and chat with anyone inside or outside your organization.  In addition, Microsoft Teams makes teamwork easy, you can coauthor and share files with popular Office 365 apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, and Power BI.  With Microsoft Teams you can also integrate apps from Microsoft and third-party partner services to tailor your process, increasing teamwork and productivity.

Learn more about Microsoft Teams at https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software.

If Groove was primarily used for working with information offline choose OneDrive for Business and/or the SharePoint app. 

OneDrive connects you to all your files in Office 365, so you can share and work together from anywhere while protecting your work.  With OneDrive you can easily store, access and discover your personal and shared work files in Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, from all your devices. Edits you make offline are automatically uploaded next time you connect.  OneDrive also allows you to work faster and smarter with anyone inside or outside your organization. Securely share files and work together in real-time using Word, Excel and PowerPoint across web, mobile and desktop.

Learn more about OneDrive at https://products.office.com/en-us/onedrive-for-business/online-cloud-storage.

If Groove was primarily used for groups and calendaring, choose Office 365 Groups. 

Office 365 Groups is a service that works with the Office 365 tools you use already so you can collaborate with your teammates when writing documents, creating spreadsheets, working on project plans, scheduling meetings, or sending email.  Groups in Office 365 let you choose a set of people that you wish to collaborate with and easily set up a collection of resources for those people to share. Resources such as a shared Outlook inbox, shared calendar or a document library for collaborating on files.

Learn more about Office 365 Groups at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/learn-about-office-365-groups-b565caa1-5c40-40ef-9915-60fdb2d97fa2.

Resources

Transition to OneDrive for Business from the Groove-based sync client [https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Transition-from-the-previous-OneDrive-for-Business-Sync-Client-4100df3a-0c96-464f-b0a8-c20de34da6fa]

New capabilities coming soon to 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.

At Microsoft Ignite we announced several new capabilities coming soon to the SharePoint Migration Tool to include:

  • Windows PowerShell cmdlets to allow for a more programmatic and automated migration approach when using the SharePoint Migration Tool, available now.
  • Support for complete SharePoint Server 2013 site migrations to include subsites, coming in January 2019 as preview.
  • A new look and feel that is more closely aligned with the SharePoint Online design for easier use, available now in First Release builds.  

To learn more about these and other improvements to the SharePoint Migration Tool refer to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SharepointMigration/new-and-improved-features-in-the-sharepoint-mig….

The Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool v2 is now Generally Available

Last month we announced open beta for the next generation of the SharePoint Migration Tool with new capabilities to include support for SharePoint Lists, programmatic destination site creation and more.  Today we’re pleased to announce this version (v2) of the SharePoint Migration Tool is now generally available.

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 what’s new in v2 or download now at https://aka.ms/SPMT.

Getting Started

You can download the SharePoint Migration Tool at http://aka.ms/SPMT.  Through v2 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 new in V2

List Support

New List support allows you to migrate SharePoint Server 2013 Lists to include the following List Templates:

  • GenericList
  • DocumentLibrary
  • Survey
  • Links
  • Announcements
  • Contacts
  • Events
  • Tasks
  • DiscussionBoard
  • PictureLibrary
  • XMLForm
  • GanttTasks
  • Posts
  • Comments
  • Categories
  • MySiteDocumentLibrary
  • IssueTracking

New On-Premises AuthN Support

Improvements in the AuthN support now allow you to connect to more on-premises sources with support for AD FS and more, to include:

  • NTLM
  • Kerberos
  • Forms
  • ADFS
    • MFA
    • SAML Claims
  • Client certificates

Site Structure Creation

Now when migrating your on-premises Lists and documents the SharePoint Migration Tool will create the source site collection or the list for you if it doesn’t already exist, so you don’t have to manually create a destination site. Simply either enter a URL that exist or a valid new URL for the site and the tool will do the rest.

JSON Support

In the current version of the SharePoint Migration Tool you were limited to CSV as a repository for bulk migrations, now on top of supporting a CSV format for automated migration we will also support JSON which will allow you even more fine grain level of control.

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 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.

The SharePoint Migration assessment tool is a simple command line executable that scans the contents of your SharePoint farm to help identify the impact of migrating your server to SharePoint Online with Office 365.

Hybrid SharePoint & Office 365 Learning Opportunities at SharePoint Conference North America

Attending SPCNA? Come learn about hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365 in a post-conference workshop.

As an attendee of the workshop you’ll receive a $500.00 Azure Pass, a complete SharePoint Server 2016 environment and an Office 365 Tenant that you can use to build your skills and complete hands on labs, both while at the workshop and even after the event. If you’ve already registered for the conference you can add the workshop to your registration by creating a new workshop-only registration at http://sharepointna.com/.  If you register for this workshop before May 21st, you’ll receive an additional $200.00 off of the workshop registration when using the Discount Code HYBRID. If you haven’t registered for the conference, there’s still time left. Visit http://sharepointna.com/ for details and use the Discount Code HYBRID to save $200.00 off of the conference pass.

Space is limited to 100 so add or register today.

Workshop Details:

Ramping up with Microsoft SharePoint Server & Office 365 hybrid scenarios

Speakers:

  • Neil Hodgkinson
  • Jason Himmelstein
  • Bill Baer
  • Aimme Triplett

This workshop will have hands-on labs. Bring your own fully charged laptop.

Cloud computing has become a popular way to reduce capital and operational expenditures, renew IT innovation, and gain the advantage of more rapid software delivery to meet the needs of business. However, compliance, data sovereignty, sensitivity concerns, or a significant investment in customization may limit your organization’s ability to take advantage of this. Today you can maximize your on-premises investment by upgrading to SharePoint Server 2016 and using hybrid scenarios in Office 365 to seamlessly leverage the cloud. This workshop is designed to give you the deep technical knowledge to deploy SharePoint Server 2016 as well as design and implement the latest hybrid scenarios including search, auditing, taxonomy and more.

Attendees will receive instructor led training on best practices for implementing a variety of hybrid scenarios and workloads, training materials, to include documentation and presentations and a dedicated lab environment including a SharePoint Server 2016 farm and an Office 365 Tenant that can be used to complete hands on labs during and after the event.