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Migration or upgrade path to 365

Currently if we want to migrate or upgrade to 365 we have to purchase an additional 3rd party product. It would be very beneficial if we could migrate some of the on-premise list, libraries or even sites without the need to invest additional tools that charge per GB.

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  • Joseph Paniagua commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just did a migration of SP2013 to SPO using the v1 and it went great. Just make sure you meet the requirements for the network adapter and have enough space on your SSD or you might get some errors. Also, patience is a virtue, as this took a considerable amount of time to migrate all the subsites and is something I left running overnight. The team did a great job with this one, keep up the great work!

  • Manuel Mesa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There is a migratin tool from 2013 but does not work from SP 2016, please make it available.

  • Kevin Bachar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The SharePoint Migration Tool v2 looks promising, but will not allow me to choose a folder inside the 'documents' folder in the target library. It should allow you to 'drill down' to select any folder in the library.

  • Alex Lush commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So we now have the SharePoint Migration Tool ( which is a great starting point that provides SP 2013 or File Share migration to SPO.

    However it has a number of notable gaps in its capabilities:
    * Will only migrate content, won't create the library structure in the destination.
    * Doesn't migrate Lists at all, only Document Libraries
    * Won't migrate whole Sites at a time

    Has the team got any roadmap to share on a) if the above will be addressed at any point in the future, and b) if yes, when these may be released in some form (beta or whatever?).

  • Paolo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I want to be able to move from on-premise sharepoint to sharepoint online in a simple way as a migration on-premise.
    So I want backup the content database, use a tool with resume to send at sharepoint admin (or similar place) and then in automatic i found the site collection on SharePoint Online with all my data and logics, workflow, customization and so on (exclude of course wsp).

  • AG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The migration path could be "all PowerShell too". Many of our customers in this tight budget periods are unable to spend on 3rd party tools which sometimes have not too good technical support (besides apply the latest version of the tool).

  • Brett Lonsdale commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We at Lightning Tools have developed a tool that works with the new Office 365 migration API that uses Azure Storage to queue the job. We won't be charging a per GB fee, and the tool will have a free period and yearly subscriptions. Expect to see a release before Christmas. I would love you feedback.

  • Dr Adrian Colquhoun commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Awesome - wrt common migration requirements, many SharePoint systems become digital dustbins of long forgotten and no longer required information. When migrating to the new a common approach is to "start again" because it's all too hard to work out what is actually of value and to reclassify that correctly so it can be discovered and surface easily. In enabling migration tools the smart approach is to just move the information of value (if you can easily identify it) based on currency, usage and so on.

  • Aaron Ott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed - sometimes I don't need to move everything on the site and just want to grab a document library. If we could at least get the ability to import lists/libraries to SharePoint Online that were exported from an on prem site, that would be a huge help. 3rd party products could still be useful if one needs a more 1 to 1 migration.

  • Simon Bourdages [Program Manager; Microsoft] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think there 2 part to his question. The first part is about having to go to a 3rd Party for basic Content Move. The second part is about the charge per GB that Some ISV do, I say some because if you dig enough there are some that have fixed rate. Correct me if I am wrong.

  • Thuan Ng commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Partly agree but my thought is that if Microsoft offers such a feature then the certified ISV partner wouldn't be happy :).

  • Simon Bourdages [Program Manager; Microsoft] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi and thanks for the Feedback. My team is looking at this issue
    We would love for you to provide feedback on what are the most common needs for Migration. For instance you mentioned Lists and libraries but is there more details on what are your more urgent need and what kind solution you would expect.

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