Microsoft recently released an innovative new tool that allows us to transport all our creations, content, information, and assets from old platforms such as SharePoint Server 2013 to either SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365. This tool greatly negates the growing pains associated with moving your personal or company’s information assets to a new server or medium and streamlining the entire process into a much-needed simpler form.
SMAT (SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool) allows you to move local files such as from your internal file shares, as well as from a myriad of sources from SharePoint 2013. When selecting a tool to migrate, SMAT ensures the destination that you requested the file to be migrated to is authenticated, providing the necessary layer of security and privacy, and minimizes the risk of mistakes to be made. The file is then scanned, packaged, and uploaded. This is done universally through every source to be migrated.
The most important step when migrating a file, is authenticating and authorizing its provided destination. The following forms of authorization are supported: NTLM, Kerberos, Forms, ADFS, Multi-factor authentication, SAML based claims, and Client certificate authentication. Microsoft also provides this statement regarding the mediums of authorization; “If multiple authentication methods including NTLM or Kerberos, are enabled in the on-premises SharePoint Web Application, NTLM and Kerberos authentication are not supported by the SharePoint Migration Tool. Please use a secondary form of authentication or convert the Web Application to use NTLM and/or Kerberos authentication only.”
After you selected the file for migration, and after you have authorized the file’s destination, a scan will commence. The scan is vital for checking the file for potential corruptions, and verifies you have access to both the source as well as the destination. The file is then packaged with a manifest, where it then is uploaded to Azure with the said manifest. Each file is encrypted and secured with Microsoft’s advanced security procedures and includes a lock and key system that only the authorizer can obtain. All files that are packaged are inaccessible to Microsoft and is deleted from their servers after the passing of a set time, ensuring the safety and privacy required for your files.
SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool will finally easily transport our projects and creations to the updated software in an easy and seamless way that is safely secure and with professional help will make a difference. Small simple migrations this might work, but it is recommended you consult with a professional before taking on a big migration. SMAT can help simplify the entire migration process and allows our organizations to update and adapt with Microsoft’s software, providing a foundation for further collaboration and consolidation that comes with our creations.
To date this is the best we’ve got from Microsoft, but honestly there are a variety of powerful tools that should be considered when doing a migration.
Are you considering Migration? Join me for the upcoming free migration webinar this Thursday.
Webinar Title: Migrate to Office 365 and SharePoint Online or OneDrive or Upgrade to SharePoint 2019?
Guest Speaker: Joel Oleson, Microsoft RD, Office Server & Services MVP
Decisions, decisions, decisions! You’re not alone if you’re running SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 and wondering… Is it time to upgrade to 2019 or should I take the plunge and migrate to Office 365. In this session we’ll dive into the decision matrix of the benefits of both SharePoint 2019 and Office 365 SharePoint Online. First we’ll cover the benefits of both, then help you understand the key differences and help you better understand the business value. The session will focus on user experience, technical features, and business value with the goal of helping customers be able to make a clear distinction or decision between one or the other or both… looking at hybrid SharePoint 2019 and Office 365.
Date/Time: May 16, 10:00-11:00AM PDT, 1:00-2:00PM EDT
More details at: https://gennet.com/2019-or-online-sp-migration/
Have you seen the SharePoint migration infographic?
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