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The Great Migration: Moving Your SharePoint

Presented by Chris Schwab and Joe Beyer on February 6th, 2014 at 11am EST

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The Great Migration: Moving Your SharePoint

In our latest Fpwebinar, The Great Migration: Moving Your SharePoint, we bring in webinar pros Joe Beyer and Jesse Roche to help you navigate the SharePoint migration process. Joe and Jesse share their experiences and best practices that will make updating your version or moving your environment easy.

Topics this webinar covers:

  • What a migration actually is
  • Moving from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013
  • Moving from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013
  • Large vs. small migrations
  • How hosting providers can be a big help
  • Questions you need to ask before migrating
  • What data needs to stay and what can be cleared out
  • What to expect after a migration
  • Migration methods
  • Possible issues to prepare for
  • Reasons you would want to migrate

What is a migration?

At the simplest level, a migration involves moving data, users, web parts and farm solutions from one version to another. It can involve moving your entire environment to a different data center or just upgrading from a previous version.

What surprises to expect after a migration

The change that users need the most preparation for is the differences in look and feel after the migration. For example, the changes from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 were more drastic for users than the changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. If you do receive pushback from users regarding the changed look and feel, there are ways that you can keep the look the same while still migrating the environment over to the new version.

Migration Methods

There are three main types of migration methods to be aware of; in-place migration, database detach/attach migration, and third party migration.

  • In-Place Migration: This type of migration is only an available if you are migrating from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, it is not an option for SharePoint 2013. It involves installing over the top of 2007 (beware of 32-bit vs. 64-bit).
  • Database Detach/Attach Migration: This is the most common migration approach. To use this approach, you must have new server set up and in place. This option involves detaching the database from the 2007 environment, moving it to the new server, and then attaching it. To achieve this, you must use PowerShell to run the Mount-SPContentDatabase command; you cannot simply just attach the database using Central Admin.
  • Third Party Migration: This approach is most often used when migrating an environment from one cloud-based provider to another and for smaller environments. Examples of these third-party tools are Metavis, Metalogix, ShareGate, and AvePoint.

Possible Issues

While there are several possible issues to prepare for when migrating, a common factor are the Fab 40 Site templates created by Microsoft. These templates are not supported in later versions. While there are not many issues with them if you are doing an in-place upgrade, there hasn’t been much success in using upgraded versions created by Microsoft. These templates cause so many issues that third-party migration tools will not even attempt to migrate them.

Other common issues that occur during a migration are related to legacy web parts and customizations. Not all web parts are compatible with later versions of SharePoint. Before proceeding with the migration, contact the vendor of the web part and determine if it is compatible with the version you are moving to. But, the most common causes of issues during migrations are customizations and there is no simple solution. Instead, each migration with custom code, templates, lists, etc. will need to be addressed as one-offs.

Why Migrate?

  • Eventually Microsoft will no longer support your version and once that happens, your questions won’t be answered and if you run into issues, you’re out of luck.
  • Get the latest and greatest technology with the most up-to-date features.

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