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Essential Considerations: Preparing for a Smooth SharePoint Data Migration

I have recently completed a content migration within the same tenant, transferring data from one site to another. During this process, I encountered several challenges. 

Based on my experience I created a checklist specifically for SharePoint content migration. Utilizing this checklist can assist in mitigating challenges and ensure a smoother migration process for you.

Embarking on a SharePoint content migration journey? Make sure to explore the following points to ensure a seamless transition:

  • Storage: When dealing with migration on SharePoint, it is crucial to verify the available storage space on the site. Insufficient storage can pose a problem during data movement, potentially causing SharePoint to transition into a read-only mode. It is essential to preemptively address and ensure adequate storage to avoid such issues during the data migration process.
  • Policies: Examine the policies in place on the tenant. Organizations occasionally establish policies to protect data from actions such as moving, copying, and deleting. These policies impose restrictions on users and trigger notifications to designated individuals if notifications have been configured, particularly in instances where such operations are performed
  • Workflows: Transferring libraries/folders from one site to another can potentially disrupt the workflows in which they are employed. It is essential to identify these workflows and devise a strategy for addressing any issues that may arise.
  • Copying or Moving: Choosing between moving and copying data involves a decision. Opting for data copying helps prevent data loss, albeit at the expense of requiring additional storage space.
  • Choosing between copying both the structure and content or just copying the content. This decision is influenced by scenarios where legacy data is absent in the structure, especially in libraries with a substantial amount of data. In such cases, it is advisable to create the structure first and then move or copy the data into smaller portions. This chunk-wise copying approach facilitates the creation of accurate reports and allows for the timely identification and resolution of any issues. However, for libraries or folders with limited data, it is preferable to opt for copying both the structure and content.


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