This week Microsoft announced the SharePoint Migration tool at Ignite which can be downloaded from this site. Till now you needed to migrate your data to SharePoint Online by third-party tooling like Sharegate or BitTitan. Sharegate comes with a lot of options, but is pretty expensive (for a small migration). BitTitan MigrationWiz is free, but you first have to upload your files to Azure Storage and after that you can perform the actual migration. MigrationWiz is very slow.
Let`s have a look at the SharePoint Migration Tool.
Migrate File Share Data to SharePoint Online
First you need to go to this site to download the SharePoint Migration Tool and Install this tool on the File server.
After you click Migrate, the migration starts with a scan of your files and after that is finished, the actual migration of your files starts.
You will see how much files are already migrated and if some of your files are failed. From here you can open the folder with reports by cicking View task report.
From the logging folder you can open some log files, one of these is the one with a summary of the migration. It shows the source and destination, the total amount of data (in GB), amount of data migrated and not migrated etc.
After the migration is finished, the folder is migrated to SharePoint Online.
For a first version of the migration tool, it works fine for migrating a File share. The speed is pretty good, better than MigrationWiz. It would be nice if Microsoft will add the option to pick a folder as destination. If you now only want to migrate one of your folders (located under the root share) and pick that folder as root, all your files will be migrated to the root folder of your Document library.
Migrate on-premises SharePoint Data to SharePoint Online
In the next screen you need to choose the library from which data will be migrated.
And you need to provide the url of the destination SharePoint site. After entering the SharePoint url, you can choose the destination library.
When you click migrate, the migration starts and you see the migration progress. You will see the amount of data which is already migrated and from here you can open the log folder by clicking on View task report.
Migrating data from the on-premises SharePoint to SharePoint online works pretty good. I migrated 3GB in just 20 minutes without any issues. As with File Share migration, it would be nice if you can choose a source folder and/ or destination folder. You are now only allowed to migrate a complete SharePoint library at once. Maybe Microsoft will add such options later.
Overall it is a good starting with this free tool from Microsoft. There are some key options missing for big SharePoint migrations, in comparison with tools like Sharegate, but I think Microsoft will add new features soon.