In this post I would like to share my experience with Sharegate Migration Tool.
The tool seamlessly provides migration between same/different versions of SharePoint.
The primary advantage I noticed is it’s ease of use.
Ease of Use
I would emphasize on the ease of use factor as I downloaded other leading tools, but puzzled about which executable I should use? Some of them were built in such a manner that only their chief architect can use it!
Sharegate is pretty simple with dual-explorer like views where we can select the source and destination locations.
Following are the major features of Sharegate.
- MOSS 2007 supported
- SharePoint 2010 supported
- SharePoint 2013 supported
- SharePoint 2013 Online (Office 365) supported
- Client Side execution supported
- Author, Date properties preserved during migration
- Not size-metered
You can download the tool from: http://en.share-gate.com/
You can register for a trial & go ahead with the installation.
Once installed, open Sharegate from the start menu.
For time being I am testing the Copy Site Objects where an entire site content will be copied from a SharePoint 2010 site to SharePoint 2013.
Please note that the source & destination sites are pre-existing in my machine. (both are team sites)
On the first screen enter your source url & choose the authentication settings. You can leave for default current user windows authentication. Click the Connect button after entering.
Once connected, choose your Source Site.
In the second step Choose the destination site. Here I am using a SharePoint 2013 url.
You can choose the target site.
Click the Next button to continue. In the next screen you can see the left pane to select/unselect objects like:
- List and Libraries
- Content Types
- Site Columns
- Permission Levels
- Managed metadata
Click the Select All button & then the Copy button to start copy operation.
You will get the following prompt.
Select the parameters & Click Copy to start the copy operation.
You will be prompted for Interactive or Silent mode.
Once the operation is completed you will get the following message.
Here is my source site in SharePoint 2010.
Here is my source library.
Here is my target library.
Why we need a Migration Tool?
Content Migration can be very complicated & time consuming if going with no-tool approach. We have to consider the time involved, consultant cost per hour, delivery delay etc.
Simple rule of thumb is Cost(no-tool-migration) > Cost (tool-migration), then go for Tool.
The full-site migration starts around $2000.
You can view the updated pricing here: http://en.share-gate.com/store
I would recommend Sharegate as a reliable & easy to use Content Migration Tool.
Sharegate also supports Office 365 Migration.