So, it’s that time. You’ve been tasked to move your SharePoint sites, no wait, site collections – all of them. Don’t forget to make sure nothing breaks, no surprises and with minimal down time. After all it’s just like copy a few files, right? If you’ve never been through a SharePoint migration or upgrade, this is when your face gets a bit twisted as the anxiety starts to build.

There are several things to worry about for sure, including and certainly not limited to:

  • Broken links
  • Lost permissions and metadata
  • Workflows (SharePoint Designer AND Nintex!!)
  • InfoPath Forms and Form Templates
  • Broken customizations, including branded Master Pages
  • Apps and Third Party add-ons

The good news is that there are a number of products on the market that might help make it easy. And, perhaps, the standard method of moving and upgrading the content databases is all you need. When moving your SharePoint sites, finding the right method or, most often, a combination of methods, process, tools and scripts is the biggest challenge. Either way, it is important you find a partner who has been there, done that.

Earlier this week, I was reviewing the migration and upgrade projects we assisted our customers in executing. Each one seemed to have its own set of business requirements that influenced the technical approach. Additionally, the variety of sources and destinations was interesting. They included:

  • SP 2007-SP2013 to SP Online
  • SP 2010 on-premise to SP 2010 on-premise on another domain
  • SP Online to SP 2013 on-premise

Many of them also involved related repositories such as OneDrives, My Sites and O365 Group sites, which present their own set of challenges. This year, we used migration tools, like Sharegate, content database moves and usually developed PowerShell script to orchestrate and automate the activities for testing, incremental and final migration of content. On one project, we used all the entire “toolbox” to tailor fit the move of 1 TB of SharePoint, OneDrive and O365 Group sites – while other FlexManage teams moved Active Directory and Exchange. On another, we developed custom dashboards and migration automation scripts to facilitate the migration of 14,000 My Sites in data centers around the globe.

The thought of migrating SharePoint can be daunting on your own. The good news is we can help you navigate through the potential pitfalls, select/develop the best methods and tools, and execute the plan to minimize the impact on your organization. This will free you up so that you can start to think about some “silver linings,” such as…

  • An opportunity to “start fresh” or “re-organize”
  • Implement the governance you’ve needed since Day One
  • Rollout content types to finally manage your content and improve search results.
  • Leveraging some NEW features! (If you are lucky to be upgrading or moving to SharePoint online, of course.)

To learn more, contact us today!