Microsoft releases new SharePoint Migration tool (with lot more enhancements)

Microsoft announced a preview of SharePoint Migration tool back in September 2017. Now, it released the SharePoint Migration tool for general public with lots of enhancements. (The difference between a preview release and a general release is that the latter is stamped ready to use in production environments.)

This tool comes in handy for organizations when they would like to move local SharePoint content to SharePoint Online or OneDrive and other services hosted by Microsoft. All content including file shares, document libraries can be migrated with this neat tool.

Types of migration the tool supports

SharePoint Migration tool is good enough to handle everything from tiny migrations to large scale migrations. Microsoft explained during its release that it will also support for bulk scenarios.

In addition to the SharePoint Migration tool Microsoft also came up with a SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool with lots of improvements.  

Though you can read more about the tool in the hyperlink, this is a command-line tool which will assist in spotting potential issues before migrating from SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Online.

This Assessment tool can automatically detect which version of the SharePoint server you are running already. By finding which version you are in, it further tracks if you have set any custom permission levels, do you have any external lists etc.

The tool also gives a list of SharePoint users and if they are mapped to Azure AD (Active Directory). 

You can now, Default to Cloud

In a Hybrid environment, organizations might be running the server in their datacenters and also using Office 365 services from Microsoft Datacenters.

In this case, when a migration is performed the new SharePoint migration tool lets you choose Default to Cloud. When this option is triggered on, the tool will direct all end users to the Office 365 OneDrive service instead of directing them to their local OneDrive. 

However, this option is available only for SharePoint Server 2013 that has Oct 2017 update or higher. It is even recommended to install Dec 2017 public update to use this feature without any issues. Microsoft might soon announce this tool for SharePoint Server 2016 as well. 

All new SharePoint Admin Center

The SharePoint Admin center was announced way back in September 2017, but Microsoft will be rolling out the first release at the end of Jan 2018.

This SharePoint Admin Centre will now show up SharePoint & OneDrive notifications and also the file activity patterns, information about active sites and service health information. It may also have a Recycle Bin to recover trashed files. 

Microsoft has really made some big improvements to the Migration Tool and added a good number of features including the ones we discussed above.

Also the SharePoint online previews. SharePoint Online previews helps to setup custom site designs for Team sites and Communication sites. SharePoint is getting better over time with lots of new features and Microsoft is sure to keep impressing SharePoint users with new exciting features. 

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