Product Review – Kernel SharePoint Migrator
Migrating to SharePoint Server or cloud platforms like SharePoint Online, Google Drive, or OneDrive is not an easy task with the manual options. When I tried to migrate from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013, I faced a lot of difficulties, and the results were also not as good as expected. Then I got to know about Kernel Migrator for SharePoint tool, and you guys wouldn’t believe how this tool cured all my headaches.
Kernel Migrator for SharePoint can help you solve all your migration problems. Some great features of this tool that I get to know about are:
- SharePoint to SharePoint migration (to and fro between any version).
- Exchange and Office 365 public folder migration to SharePoint.
- Supports file system migration from local as well as remote servers.
- Migrates lists, libraries, sites, and site collections.
To give a better insight into this tool, I am sharing my experience with this tool.
Installing the Tool
The installation process of this tool is very simple. It takes only a few seconds to install it. Let’s have a closer look at its installation process.
- Download Kernel Migrator for SharePoint and double-click the installer file. In the wizard, click “Next.”
2. In the next step, you’ll find the license agreement of the tool, read the agreement carefully, and then check “I accept the agreement,” and click “Next.”
3. In the next step, you’ll be asked to select the specific folder where you want to create a shortcut for the program. Select the desired location and click “Next.”
4. Now, a wizard will open on the screen displaying the additional tasks for the tool. Choose the required options and then click “Next.”
5. The tool is ready to install now. Hit the “Install” button on the screen.
6. The installation process will take a few seconds to complete. Once it is done, a new window will appear on the screen. If you want to launch tool right after the installation, check the checkbox, and then click “Finish.”
Kernel Migrator for SharePoint has been successfully installed on your system.
Using Kernel Migrator for SharePoint
SharePoint Migration tool can be used for various migration processes like:
- Windows file system to SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and Google Drive.
- SharePoint to SharePoint (any version)
- Public Folder migration (Exchange or Office 365) to SharePoint (any version)
I tried to migrate from an older version of SharePoint Server to a newer version of SharePoint. And the process of migration was very simple. The steps are:
- When you launch the tool, a window will appear like this;
2. Now, expand “Add New Source” on the toolbar and select “SharePoint Server.”
3. A new wizard will open on the screen displaying “Add New Site.” Give a project name and enter the URL for the SharePoint site. Now provide the credentials (username and password) of the SharePoint Server administrator.
Note 1: If you want the tool to find and enumerate the site collection, then click “Find Site Collection,” fill the required fields and click “Next.”
4. On clicking “OK,” a message will appear on your screen. Click “Yes” to add the destination.
5. The process will take a few seconds to complete. And once it is complete, you’ll be able to see SharePoint Site as the source under the Project you have created.
The SharePoint Site has been added both as the source and destination.
Migrating from SharePoint to SharePoint
Kernel Migrator for SharePoint provides you three options to migrate from SharePoint to SharePoint. These options are;
- SharePoint to SharePoint Site Migration
- SharePoint to SharePoint List Migration
- SharePoint to SharePoint Item Migration
I am showing here the SharePoint site migration. The process of SharePoint Site Migration includes these steps:
1. Go to the toolbar and click “Migration to SharePoint,” select “SharePoint” option, then select “SharePoint to SharePoint Migration” option.
2. On performing the above steps, a migration wizard will open on the screen like this:
3. Now, click the “Add” button to add the source type and click “Next.” You can select from Site, List/Library, or Item options. Here, we are performing SharePoint Site migration.
4. In the next step, you’ll see the “Registered source” and “Selected site/subsite.” Click the drop-down menu (it lists all SharePoint sites that were added as source) to select the source and click “Finish.”
Note: To select a specific site/subsite, click the “Folder” icon, a dialog box will open with the main site and subsites. You can select either the main site or its subsite as the source of content to be migrated.
5. On clicking “Finish,” the tool will add the selected site. Click “Next” to move to the next step.
6. Here, you’ll find many copy options for the migration. Select the desired option (here, we are going to select “Migrate as a new site“)and click “Next.”
7. In the next step, you’ll be asked to select the destination. One SharePoint site will already be selected in the site URL. Click the drop-down menu to select another site and click “Next.”
Note 1: To browse for list, library, or folder(in the selected SharePoint site), click the “Browse” icon. A dialog box will appear on your screen like this. Select the desired one from here and click “OK” to confirm it.
If you have added the destination in the beginning, then you don’t have to perform this step.
8. In the next step, you’ll find the available copy options to migrate a site. Select the desired site copy options and click “Next.”
9. On clicking “Next,” a new wizard will open on the screen displaying the copy options for Lists/Libraries. Select the desired options and click “Next.”
10. On moving to next step, the tool will display all the available migration options. From here, you can select the required options and apply the filters to drill-down the content. Finally, click “Next.”
Note 1: The following two options will remain disabled if you are migrating the selected site as a New site.
- Overwrite file if exists
- Upload file only if target file exists and is older than the source file.
I haven’t changed any option here and kept the “Ignore File Path” option selected.
11. In the next step, you can opt to migrate permissions. Check the checkbox “Migrating permission,” and click “Next.”
12. On moving forward, the wizard will prompt you to execute the migration job. Here, you can select whether you want to execute the process immediately or you want to schedule it. I have selected “Execute Immediate” to run the migration job. Now, click “Next.”
13. In the end, the tool will display the summary of the migration job. Hit the “Next” button to start the migration process.
14. The process will take some time to complete depending on the size of the data, computer performance, and connectivity to the SharePoint Server. Meanwhile, you can see the migration process on the screen like this:
Note: If you want to stop the process, then click “Stop-Process.”
15. Once the migration process is complete, this message will appear on your computer screen.
SharePoint to SharePoint migration has been done successfully. Click the “Finish” to complete the process.
One great thing about this tool is that it is not complicated like other SharePoint migrating tools. So, I would recommend this tool to anyone who wants to perform SharePoint migrations.