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Microsoft SharePoint + Quest On Demand Migration

With SharePoint serving as a core component of many organizations’ collaboration and communication platforms, a robust SharePoint migration tool is essential. Most of the documents and other valuable content created in Microsoft Teams channels is stored in SharePoint libraries. SharePoint applications can also be customized to include forms and workflows, and it’s critical to migrate the content and applications to the target tenant.

Quest On Demand Migration (ODM) is a SharePoint migration tool that makes it easier to migrate SharePoint server data while ensuring continued access and security through the preservation of site and document permissions, as well as content metadata for continued compliance.

Migrate SharePoint document libraries to new tenants while preserving valuable data


Discover SharePoint site collections and SharePoint sites to plan your migration

A tenant-to-tenant migration starts with the site discovery process. With a strong SharePoint migration tool at your disposal, the discovery process will find all the sites, libraries, and lists on the source tenant. After discovery, you can match the source sites to sites on the target tenant or provision the sites.

Preserve site, list, library, item, and document permissions

User mapping allows for the permissions on the target tenant to be mapped to what they were on the source tenant. Maintaining continuity of security and access to migrated content is a critical business requirement.

Configure migration of versions 

Many migration solutions only migrate the last version of content (e.g. files). Thus, users will not be able to review previous versions of files for a history of changes. This lack of migrating versions is a significant problem for organizations that are required to maintain file versions for business or regulatory compliance reasons.

ODM for SharePoint can support migrating only the last version when the business requirement is to migrate as fast as possible and only the last version is needed. However, this SharePoint migration tool also supports migrating a subset of versions and all versions. While these migrations will take longer to run because of the increase in content, they will meet the business and/or regulatory requirements for organizations.

Migrate classic and modern team sites to your target tenant 

Many organizations use a mix of classic and modern team sites. Some of the modern team sites are members of a Microsoft 365 Group and others are not. While an upgrade path is possible, it can require substantial manual changes to site pages. Thus, ODM for SharePoint can support migrating classic-to-classic sites (default) and classic-to-modern sites to provide you with total flexibility.

Migrate document libraries and lists

Of course, the ODM SharePoint migration tool migrates the content stored in document libraries and lists. Incremental migrations can be run closer to cutover dates to ensure that all of the content is successfully migrated.

Preserve metadata

SharePoint users want to see the important metadata copied to the new tenant. ODM for SharePoint supports the copying of the following metadata: Created Date, Created By, Last Modified Date, and Last Modified By.


Consider these steps when planning a SharePoint migration:

  1. Identify stakeholders and establish a stakeholder agreement.
  2. Inventory your existing SharePoint environment.
  3. Consider transformation opportunities.
  4. Define the scope of the migration project.
  5. Create a governance plan.
  6. Create an information architecture plan.
  7. Establish a change management model.
  8. Prepare for migration.
  9. Get expert help.
  10. Choose the right tools.

Get additional detail on selecting a SharePoint migration tool in our white paper, SharePoint Migration Planning Guide. It details the essential steps in planning a SharePoint migration, and offers best practices and proven solutions for reducing risk, driving platform adoption and maximizing ROI. Our blog post,  A Beginner’s Guide to SharePoint Migration Planning can also help you get started.

Our On Demand Migration SharePoint migration tool has a lot to offer! Sign up for a free trial of On Demand Migration. Or for a further deep dive, check out our blog posts, 12 Features to Look for in a Microsoft Teams Migration Tool or 12 Features to Look for in a OneDrive Migration Tool.

No. Microsoft has several updates on its SharePoint product roadmap.

It is easy to see that Microsoft Teams usage has grown rapidly and seems to be the leading collaboration tool from Microsoft. However, SharePoint Online is the primary application provider and storage container for Microsoft Teams. When users create a team, a channel, or store files and documents, they are using SharePoint. Of course, OneDrive for Business also uses SharePoint for storing files and documents.