SharePoint Migrations just got easier with Microsoft SMAT

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.

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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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SharePoint Migration Infographic

Read more about or download the SMAT SharePoint and Assessment Tool:

Introducing the SharePoint Migration Tool | Microsoft Docs

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SharePoint Upgrade or Migrate?

Migrate to Office 365 or Upgrade to SharePoint 2019?

One of the biggest questions people have been asking with the release of SharePoint 2019 is what should I do now. There are still approximately 30-40% of SharePoint customers who are in either a partial cloud with hybrid scenario or are fully on premises running a variety of legacy SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 or earlier. Many customers have been toying with the idea of migrating to Office 365 and a significant portion who are on premises and plan to stay on premises have been asking… so tell me what the most compelling reasons are to upgrade or migrate? Can you give me a top 10 on each? Wouldn’t it be great if we had an infographic that had both in the same place so you could decide? Sure! Why not both and a webinar to discuss it!

Download the Upgrade or Migrate SharePoint Infographic from slideshare in PDF or download the png format of Migrate to SharePoint Online or Upgrade to SharePoint 2019 infographic

This infographic is shared creative commons share alike. Feel free to include it in your presentations inside or outside your company or feel free to blog about it and share it in social media.

Why Migrate to Office 365 or Upgrade to SharePoint 2019 – There are a dozen great reasons to upgrade to SharePoint 2019 if you are running any older legacy versions of SharePoint. The number of reasons go up if you’re running SharePoint 2013 or 2010 or heaven forbid 2007 or 2003. As an example the browser compatibility gets a huge boost between 2010 and 2013 and even better with 2016, but 2019 is the most significant upgrade since 2010 to 2013. While SharePoint 2013 to 2016 wasn’t very significant the upgrade from SharePoint 2016 to SharePoint 2019 is much more significant due to a lot of investments in on premises OneDrive, hybrid integration with Flow, Forms, PowerBI, Power Apps. Those looking to reduce or remove their dependency on legacy InfoPath and SharePoint Designer will be much more happy with SharePoint 2019 due to this new integration. Those customers who are using some SharePoint Online and some on premises will find a significant upgrade to the UX in SharePoint 2019 with the modern UX updates.

Join us for the upcoming Webinar where we’ll walk through the details of Migrating to Office 365 or upgrading to SharePoint 2019!

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Webinar Title: Migrate to Office 365 or Upgrade to SharePoint?

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/

8 Predictions for SharePoint & Office 365 in 2018

I’ve done predictions every year for the past few and plan to share some of these at upcoming Predictions Tweetjam #CollabTalk on Thursday, December 28th from 8am to 9am Pacific.  You don’t have to register. Just show up.  I’ll be posting as @joeloleson.  It’s a good opportunity to collaborate.  Scroll down to the bottom to see some old predictions.  Use the comments to let me know how you think I did, or how you think I’m right or wrong.  I promise to respond to any comments on this post.

8 Predictions for SharePoint & Office 365 in 2018

  1. People will look to Skip SharePoint 2016 and go to 2019.  It will be much better received than 2016 was, but it will still be somewhat lackluster (never will it be like it was back in the good old days of dedicated SPCs for SharePoint launches). In the first year of SharePoint 2019 release it will surpass 2016 as an install base.  (2016 still hasn’t surpassed 2013.)
  2. Hub sites will become the preferred way of doing Information Architecture in SharePoint and deep portal structures will be flattened as a best practice.  Note there will be many who cry foul and it will cause heated debates.
  3. OneDrive on Demand will become a great drive to Windows 10.  Sync for SharePoint will be carried along as a benefit and client sync for SharePoint will have its greatest adoption since groove.
  4. Modern Team Sites, Modern Lists, and Themes will soon become consistent with the expectation for status quo for SharePoint and a big line will be drawn for OLD SharePoint vs. New SharePoint based on what comes in 2019 and what’s in O365 now.
  5. WSPs are Dead – The community will abhor them and it will be an insult to think of installing them.  As a result even third party solutions will need to rethink how they not only support apps for online but also on prem.
  6. Groups will cause further confusion in 2018, but Teams will become the darling of Microsoft sales for collab as it activates multiple workloads.
  7. Microsoft AI (Simple automation, auto classification and extraction) will start to make its way into SharePoint Online amongst other workloads.
  8. Simple Communication Site based Intranets (and Intranet in a box solutions) + Hub sites will gain favor for Office 365 adopters.  Deep complicated Intranets will fall out of favor in a huge significant industry wide way.Let me share some of my old predictions… from a post in SharePoint Predictions from December of 2015
  • Microsoft will not consider an Office 365 tenant not fully utilized until SharePoint is in real use – Microsoft has been requiring many workloads. Exchange, OneDrive are not enough.
  • Mobile will become more important in SharePoint world – The SharePoint Mobile app is really a nice app, and the SP Team has committed to making it all responsive and mobile. We are already seeing it in SharePoint Online.
  • SharePoint 2016 will launch to simple fanfare – Yeah. It has been the slowest adopted version of SharePoint.
  • SharePoint gets cool again – Jeff Teper has done a great job of taking back the mantle and making it cool these past two years.  The product team has attracted the necessary talent and made it cool.