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Product Review – LepideMigrator for Documents

Posted by Paul on December 15, 2014


In this product-review, I am going to take you through the functioning of the LepideMigrator for Documents (LMD). Software has been designed to migrate content from Windows File Server, Exchange and Office 365 Public Folders to SharePoint on premise and online versions.

Installation

After installation following is the screen.

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Scenario

In this review I am going to add a local Windows File System (MS Windows XP Professional SP3) as a source and will migrate content from it to on-premise SharePoint 2013. However, software allows adding remote File Servers as source as well and both on-premise and online version as destination.

Step 1: Adding source to the application

The following dialog box shows “Add New File System” dialog box. Just enter the computer name/IP and select the drives that you want to add. Click on Ok and the source drives can be seen in the source pane. You can add multiple computers and drives so no need of amassing data from entire network to one computer. Leave the source content where it is and fetch it directly from the application.

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Step-2: Perform pre-migration analysis for smooth migration

Though I can straightaway go and add destination SharePoint site and start the migration, I would love to do the pre-migration analysis to see all that software has to offer. The Migration Analyzer will perform the following steps:

  • Validating the names and types of files to be uploaded
  • Validating the invalid characters and end strings in the file names
  • Validating the blocked file extensions
  • Validating the file size limitations

The following screenshot shows the available criteria for migration analysis. Though you can specify your own values for different criteria, it comes loaded with the values that are acceptable to SharePoint.

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The following screenshot shows the analysis report. It clearly shows files or folder that will be uploaded, files and folders that need adjustments before uploading and the files and folders that simply could not be uploaded.

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Step-3: Add Destination SharePoint

The following image shows the dialog box to add destination SharePoint site. If you don’t remember the site address you can enumerate all available sites using “Find Site Collection…” button. Provide target SharePoint servers’ admin User Id and passwords.

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Step 4: Perform Windows FileServer to SharePoint Server migration

The following dialog box shows all the files and folders that will be migrated to the destination SharePoint server. You can view the Groups/Users permissions by clicking on that button. In the next page you can provide the destination site URL and select the List, Library or folder.

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The migration wizard you also gives the option to map the columns of the source and desitnation files. LepideMigrator for Documents automatically maps the attributes and you can also map the attributes as per your own wish. The following image shows user defined column mapping.

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The migration wizard also provides all possible content filter values and permission migration option between Users. You can also remap the Users between source and destination. You will be required to provide access credential in case content lies on a remote computer. Finally, you get the option to run the task immediately or schedule it for future run.

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This is how software interface looks like after migration. As you can see migrated content is seen in the Central AdministrationShared Documents path.

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After the migration is complete you can open the destination site and view the migrated content. In the below image the migrated content is seen in the SharePoint environment.

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Here I have covered a particular scenario of migration. To know the working of software in full details and understand all possible scenarios, you can go through the configuration guide of software at its documentation centre on company’s website: http://www.lepide.com/lepidemigratordocuments/documentation/

Summary

So as I see, LepideMigrator for Documents offers plenty of options and features to let you migrate the content safely and swiftly to the destination SharePoint server.

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