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Posts Tagged ‘migration’

Migration Template

Posted by Paul on March 11, 2014

In the world of SharePoint, occasionally we need to work with other worlds too.

For example: Migration is such an area of work.


What is Migration?

Migration is the process of moving from one computing system to another.

For example Migration can be:

1. SharePoint older-version to SharePoint newer-version

2. Another CMS to SharePoint

3. SharePoint to Another CMS

4. SharePoint On Premise to SharePoint Online

What will be the Migration Steps?

Migration requires the following aspects:

1. Analyzing existing environment

2. Capturing migration elements

3. Creating a migration plan

4. Creating a target staging environment

5. Performing migration against staging environment

6. Analyze the readings

7. Optimize strategies

8. Declare migration dates to stake holders

9. Take production to offline

10. Perform final migration

11. Validate migration

12. Take production to online


Migration Template

Following are the screen shots of a Migration Template to capture information about source system. You are free to download it.


Screen shots from the template.





Please note that in a typical scenario, automated/manual migration happen from source to staging & then automated migration to production.

A good automation tool I can recommend is Sharegate. Spending for automation tool is worth if the no-tool cost is higher than tool-cost.



In this article we have explored migration overview and a shareable template.


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Sharegate – Excellent SharePoint Migration Tool

Posted by Paul on February 27, 2014

In this post I would like to share my experience with Sharegate Migration Tool.

The tool seamlessly provides migration between same/different versions of SharePoint.

The primary advantage I noticed is it’s ease of use.

Ease of Use

I would emphasize on the ease of use factor as I downloaded other leading tools, but puzzled about which executable I should use? Some of them were built in such a manner that only their chief architect can use it!

Sharegate is pretty simple with dual-explorer like views where we can select the source and destination locations.

Major Features

Following are the major features of Sharegate.

  1. MOSS 2007 supported
  2. SharePoint 2010 supported
  3. SharePoint 2013 supported
  4. SharePoint 2013 Online (Office 365) supported
  5. Client Side execution supported
  6. Author, Date properties preserved during migration
  7. Not size-metered


You can download the tool from:


You can register for a trial & go ahead with the installation.

Once installed, open Sharegate from the start menu.


For time being I am testing the Copy Site Objects where an entire site content will be copied from a SharePoint 2010 site to SharePoint 2013.

Please note that the source & destination sites are pre-existing in my machine. (both are team sites)

On the first screen enter your source url & choose the authentication settings.  You can  leave for default current user windows authentication.  Click the Connect button after entering.


Once connected, choose your Source Site.


In the second step Choose the destination site.  Here I am using a SharePoint 2013 url.


You can choose the target site.


Click the Next button to continue.  In the next screen you can see the left pane to select/unselect objects like:

  1. List and Libraries
  2. Content Types
  3. Site Columns
  4. Users
  5. Groups
  6. Permission Levels
  7. Workflows
  8. Managed metadata

Click the Select All button & then the Copy button to start copy operation.


You will get the following prompt.


Select the parameters & Click Copy to start the copy operation.

You will  be prompted for Interactive or Silent mode. 


Once the operation is completed you will get the following message.



Here is my source site in SharePoint 2010.


Here is my target site in SharePoint 2013image

Here is my source library.


Here is my target library.


Why we need a Migration Tool?

Content Migration can be very complicated & time consuming if going with no-tool approach. We have to consider the time involved, consultant cost per hour, delivery delay etc.

Simple rule of thumb is Cost(no-tool-migration) > Cost (tool-migration), then go for Tool.


The full-site migration starts around $2000.


You can view the updated pricing here:


I would recommend Sharegate as a reliable & easy to use Content Migration Tool.

Sharegate also supports Office 365 Migration.

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