SharePoint Migrations
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This Planning Office 365 Workloads and Applications course will teach you how to plan for Office 365 workload deployments and hybrid solutions. You will learn how to identify hybrid requirements for Exchange and SharePoint hybrid solutions, and how to plan connectivity and data flow for Office 365 services, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. You’ll learn how to plan migration strategies for Exchange, SharePoint, and Teams, and how to determine the best strategies.

Later in the course, you will learn how to plan Office 365 application deployments and how to plan application updates. You’ll also learn about the different update channels and when to use each.

Learning Objectives

  • How to plan for Office 365 workload deployments
  • How to plan for migrations and hybrid solutions
  • How to plan for Office 365 application deployments

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who are interested in obtaining an Microsoft 365 certification
  • Those tasked with planning Office 365 deployments and migrations


  • A decent understanding of Office 365 workloads, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams

SharePoint Online, also known as SPO, is a cloud-based collaboration platform that allows organizations to store, organize, and share data. It's a solution that encourages collaboration. 

When planning a migration to SharePoint Online, there are multiple migration options available, depending on the size and quantity of files that need to be migrated. The migration path that you choose depends on several factors, since factors include the overall amount of data to be migrated as well as the size of the individual files being migrated. Other considerations include where the content to be migrated is currently stored. 

To properly plan and execute a migration SharePoint online, it's important that you take your time and be thorough. Be sure to take inventory of existing data and be sure to determine what data needs to be migrated. The SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool, which includes the SharePoint Migration Identity Management Tool, is a rather simple command line utility that scans the contents of an On-Prem SharePoint Farm, to help identify the impact of migrating to SharePoint online. 

The SharePoint Migration Identity Management Tool performs identity mapping by scanning SharePoint, Active Directory and Azure Active Directory. 

There are four methods that you can use to perform an actual migration from an On-Prem SharePoint environment to SharePoint Online. You can use the SharePoint Migration Tool, PowerShell, The OneDrive Sync Client, or you can perform manual uploads of your files to SharePoint Online. 

The SharePoint Migration Tool allows you to easily migrate files from on-prem SharePoint document libraries, lists or regular file shares. 

The PowerShell method is essentially the PowerShell version of the SharePoint Migration Tool. 

To use the OneDrive Sync Client, essentially what you do is, after installing the OneDrive Sync Client, you drag and drop files from the on-prem SharePoint environment to a folder on the computer and then let content automatically sync with either OneDrive or SharePoint Online. 

And of course, the Manual Upload option allows you to upload files one at a time to the SharePoint Online tenant. 

Ultimately the on-prem environment will largely determine which migration solution is the right one. The key is to properly and fully assess the on-prem SharePoint environment first.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.