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A SharePoint migration tutorial on moving to the Microsoft cloud

Here are all of the resources you need for a successful SharePoint migration. Learn SharePoint migration best practices with the help of our free eBooks, videos, and articles from our award-winning blog. Get started with your migration project for SharePoint or Teams with our free trial and simplify your deployment.

What is a SharePoint migration?

SharePoint migration is the process of making existing content accessible in SharePoint or Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365). Generally, this means copying, or “migrating”, content or a document library from a source environment—such as file shares, Microsoft SharePoint Server, SharePoint Site, Box, or Google Drive—to any version of SharePoint or SharePoint Online.


SharePoint migration to Microsoft 365: Why migrate to SharePoint Online?

Employees today want tools that make them more productive and engaged, whether they’re on premise or in the cloud. The integrated productivity apps in Microsoft 365 (such as sites, lists, planner) enable your organization to benefit from new methods of collaboration—empowering employees to be creative and work together, securely. Ensure your distributed workforce remains productive by making sure the content migration runs smoothly.


Create a SharePoint migration plan

Whether you’re moving to a newer version of SharePoint Server or getting ready to migrate to SharePoint Online in Microsoft 365, planning—including taking an inventory/index and assessment of your data—is a crucial part of an effective migration strategy. It’s possible to have complete customization of your migration to suit your document management needs, but understanding your end-users needs, team collaboration, and document management, is the key to a successful roadmap while using SharePoint as your new collaboration platform.


The ultimate SharePoint migration checklist

Planning on migrating to SharePoint? Benjamin Niaulin, Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, walks you through the various stages of the migration process. Whether you’re migrating from a previous version of SharePoint, planning a move to Microsoft 365, or simply moving files from local file shares, you’re sure to find this checklist helpful.

What’s inside?

  • What to prepare in your source and destination environments
  • Mistakes to avoid both during and after your SharePoint migration
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SharePoint post-migration checklist

Success in the Microsoft cloud involves more than migration. Once you’ve completed your initial SharePoint migration, make sure you take these important next steps:


Step 1: Modernize existing SharePoint content

To take advantage of powerful new collaboration features in Microsoft 365, your site architecture needs to go from top-down to flat. A SharePoint migration is an opportunity to restructure and reorganize your content—so take advantage of this chance! Using SharePoint sites, Lists and other content types for collaboration ensures your end-user can collaborate easily – even from a distance.


Step 2: Deploy Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a powerful addition to Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite. But there’s more to deployment than enabling the app and stepping back. Follow these tips, tricks, and best practices to ensure a successful Teams deployment, adoption and management.


Step 3: Manage and secure SharePoint on an ongoing basis

After completing your migration, run regular reports to keep an eye on what’s happening in your environment, access management, and make sure users are complying with your governance policies. The key to keeping on top of everything is automating and customizing SharePoint and Teams for your organization.


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