SharePoint 2016 – Essential Migration Steps and Considerations

Hey Everyone!

Today i will talk about SharePoint Migrations, a complex process that requires an extra efforts depending the version of SharePoint.

Why should I upgrade or migrate to SharePoint 2016?!

1.SharePoint Farm of company is old! If it’s SP2003, SP2007 or SP2010, Microsoft do not give more support and updates for that versions, so you can’t expect more features our updates for your infrastructure.

SharePoint Product Lifecycle

Products Released  End Date of Support
 SharePoint Portal Server 2001  11/07/2006
 SharePoint Portal Server 2003  14/04/2009
 SharePoint Server 2007  09/10/2012
 SharePoint Server 2010 13/10/2015
 SharePoint Server 2013 04/10/2018

 

2.SharePoint 2016, it’s more stable and fast than the other version even is a version more close to the cloud, all the innovation and experience hosting SharePoint Online brought that knowledge and innovation to SharePoint 2016, also that, new version use MinRoles a significant improvement in terms of infrastructure.

3.FIM is no more a component of SharePoint, it was replaced by Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM).

4.Data Loss Prevention is now part of SharePoint.  You can now identify, monitor for, and protect sensitive data across SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online, and One Drive for Business using SharePoint 2016.

5.Hybrid Solutions between SharePoint 2016 and Office 365,  now you can easily integrate with Office 365 using SharePoint 2016. Taking the advantage of Cloud Hybrid Search, Delve, Hybrid Sites, Groups, Profile Redirection and more running SharePoint in hybrid mode.

6.Durable Links,move files wherever you like and your link remains valid. It may seem like a small thing but to end users this is a big deal.

7.Cloud Hybrid Search in the cloud you can display all of your results from O365 and on-prem will be listed happily together, by relevancy, and it’s all encrypted by the crawler.

There are many other new features offered by SharePoint 2016 you can read more about in this link.

Which approach should I take, to upgrade or migrate?!

 Version  Upgrade Approach  Migration Approach
SharePoint 2001  Upgrade through each version of SharePoint.
Requires new SharePoint
Farms for each Upgrade, until the latest version is met.
 Manually copy or use a 3rd Party tool to migrate the core document and asset content into a new structure defined within a new SharePoint 2016 Farm.
SharePoint 2003 Upgrade through each version of SharePoint.
Requires new SharePoint Farms for each Upgrade, until the latest version is met.
 Manually copy or use a 3rd Party tool to migrate the core document and asset content into a new structure defined within a new SharePoint 2016.
SharePoint 2007  Upgrade through each version of SharePoint.
Requires new SharePoint Farms for each Upgrade, until the latest version is met.Utilize Database Attach method.
 Manually copy or use a 3rd Party tool to migrate content into a new structure defined within a new SharePoint 2016 Farm.
SharePoint 2010  Upgrade through each version of SharePoint.
Requires new SharePoint Farms for each Upgrade, until the latest version is met.
Utilize Database Attach method.
 Manually copy or use a 3rd Party tool to migrate content into a new structure defined within a new SharePoint 2016 Farm.
SharePoint 2013 Upgrade through each version of SharePoint.
Requires new SharePoint Farms for each Upgrade, until the latest version is met.
 Manually copy or use a 3rd Party tool to migrate the core document and asset content into a new structure defined within a new SharePoint 2016 Farm.

 

What questions should I ask before upgrading or migrating?

It’s important understand what is the main processes and data that you what migrate for your new version of SharePoint, this will be essential to define the process and success of the operation. Ask questions about the current solution and success criteria you can define the scope of the migration or upgrade, this type of process not is fast but is really importance is be precision.

Are you now ready to migrate or upgrade?

The  success of  migration or upgrade is planning, then some more planning, and organizational buy in. Moving to SharePoint 2016 will deliver better security, collaboration, content management, mobility, compliance and cloud connectivity features. But the migration or upgrade warrants a much more care and attention to detail in planning, you need to lay out every step needed to get there and  engage all the stakeholders in your organization in all aspects of the selected process.

New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016
Create the SharePoint Server 2016 farm for a database attach upgrade

 

Thanks

Fábio Carvalho
SharePoint Consultant
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Posted on 11/02/2017, in Microsoft, Migration, SharePoint and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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