On Premises SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online with Azure

With Office 365 SharePoint Online, Microsoft has provided a powerful cloud solution for businesses to avoid the hefty costs involved in procuring, maintaining, and managing their infrastructure especially when it comes to communication and collaboration both within the organization as well as with external stakeholders. Apart from this capability, users get Exchange Online, Teams, and other important applications and services that they are used to. The difference between Office 365/ Microsoft 365 and these solutions as standalone services is that not only do they work better as a part of the suite, they are entirely managed by Microsoft.

If there is an important decision to be made now, it is for organizations that use legacy solutions such as SharePoint 2010 that Microsoft will not support with updates and security patches at its end of life (EOL). Such organizations must immediately consider SharePoint Migration Services.

What Are The Different SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Methods?

For a legacy system such as SharePoint 2010, it is not possible to directly upgrade to a newer version. You must ensure that the existing version of the SharePoint 2010 has the latest service packs downloaded. The only, you can upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Only after you upgrade to SharePoint 2013, you can migrate to a later version of SharePoint such as SharePoint 2016 or SharePoint 2019.

Alternatively, you can migrate SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online. This can be done through either a hybrid SharePoint implementation in which you use both SharePoint Online and an on-premises SharePoint Server, or a SharePoint Online only migration.

What Is Needed for SharePoint 2010 Migration?

SharePoint 2010 to Office 365 migration is a tricky process because one is a 10-year-old solution while the other is a state-of-the-art collaboration system that is always up to date. You will have to know exactly what is stored on your SharePoint 2010 Server and its architecture. Knowing your inventory fully well is the first step in SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online migration. This includes the knowledge of sites that have their unique workflows, lists that have customized content, and pages that have different web parts. Additionally, you need to have Azure resource storage and might have to install SharePoint Online Management Shell on which SharePoint PowerShell is installed.

How to Migrate with SharePoint PowerShell?

  • Login to SharePoint 2010 Management Shell as an admin.
  • Use Export-SPWeb in PowerShell with the correct Web URL and the Document Library name that you are using.
  • Create a folder with the appropriate content.
  • Generate an XML file and a schema.
  • Generate a path for the contents.
  • Use the SharePoint Online Management Shell to convert the exported content to SharePoint Online migration package.
  • Login to Azure with the Tenant admins’ credentials.
  • Upload the package to your Azure storage account.
  • Use your Office 365 credentials and submit a migration job.

When you refresh your document library in SharePoint Online, you will find the contents that you imported from SharePoint 2010 in it.

The alternative is to use a Azure WVD solution for hosting your SharePoint Server. Contact Apps4Rent for SharePoint 2010 migration.

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