When it comes to SharePoint migrations, I find that two major factors characterize the overall performance of the process: speed, and impact on business operations. How can we make sure to finish the migration as fast as possible while minimizing errors and impact on end users?
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that our latest release, ShareGate Desktop 9.0, now lets you schedule your migrations. Highly requested and long overdue, this new version is packed with features that you've been asking for.
New in ShareGate Desktop 9.0
Improved speeds for large Office 365 migrations
Support for modern SharePoint pages and web parts
Support for SharePoint Server 2019
We know how important ShareGate Desktop can be for you, whether you’re using it to migrate or to reorganize and restructure your existing environment. That’s why we continue to invest in building the things you want and need. And we love the feedback you send us! Please keep letting us know how we can improve to make your life even easier.
Migration scheduling without scripting
It’s simple: ShareGate Desktop now has a new Schedule button next to Start Copy, and it does exactly what you think it does. When you choose this option, the app will save all your configurations and settings and trigger the migration exactly when you want it to happen—no PowerShell scripting required.
Improved speeds with after-hours scheduling
There are a few ways to boost the speed of your migration:
Using ShareGate Desktop’s Insane Mode
Running multiple instances simultaneously with different user accounts
Optimizing on-premises server and network infrastructure
Running your copy during non-business hours
Microsoft tends to be a lot more lenient with its throttling during non-business hours—in fact, it recommends migrating during this time. Thanks to the new scheduling capabilities built into the ShareGate Desktop app, you can now benefit from better speeds without having to stay at the office during those nights and weekends.
Recurring and incremental copy
Some customers prefer to set up their migration paths and let end users continue to work at the source while the copy happens. To allow this type of scenario during your own migration, you can now use ShareGate Desktop to set a recurrence on your copy schedule and enable syncing between your source and destination.
Copy speeds optimized for large migrations to Office 365
It’s been the number-one question since we first launched ShareGate Desktop: “how fast can I migrate?”. While the number of variables affecting migration speeds is simply too high to allow a precise answer, we never stop looking for ways to improve what we can control.
If you use Insane Mode to copy content to Office 365, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in copy speeds for large volumes of data.
How did we do it? In a nutshell, we made improvements to the way ShareGate Desktop handles migration queues, thus reducing the heaviness of a given migration as it gets loaded with thousands of items to copy.
In short, if you’ve got lots to move, ShareGate Desktop can do it faster than ever.
Migrate or copy modern SharePoint content
For many years now—and thanks to our unlimited data transfer model—our clients have been able to take advantage of ShareGate Desktop’s features to reorganize and restructure their environments post-migration. Here are some of the more popular use cases:
Moving things around after a ‘lift and shift’ migration
Business reorgs requiring SharePoint sites, lists and libraries to be moved around
Making adjustments in order to benefit from new/different SharePoint features
Mergers or acquisitions involving the need to bring things together or split them apart
So, in this release, we made sure you could move those modern SharePoint pages—and their associated modern web parts—around as needed. Whether you’re on SharePoint 2019 or SharePoint Online, you can always use ShareGate Desktop to migrate or reorganize what you have.
What’s next for ShareGate Desktop?
Wow—what a year it’s been. With so much going on here at ShareGate, we’re more excited than ever to share our ideas for the future with you and get your feedback.
ShareGate Desktop will continue to be the one tool you need to migrate to Office 365 and subsequently reorganize and restructure your environment. We’ll also ensure ongoing support for any future on-premises releases.
Though they’re still in the planning stages, here are some of the things we’re thinking about:
Developing an easier way to prepare your migration
Making sure modern SharePoint use cases work well
Helping you take your site structure from top-down to flat and adopt Office 365 Groups
Support for copying other Office 365 workloads (Flow, PowerApps, Teams, Yammer, Planner, etc.)
Thanks for trusting us with moving your organization’s content to the cloud. As SharePoint continues to evolve and become part of a greater suite for workplace productivity, so will ShareGate Desktop in its role of helping you move what you need to better adopt it.