We are going to migrate from SharePoint 2010 to online, We are searching for a free tool like the Microsoft SharePoint migration tool.

Do anyone already use this tool to explain the new advantage and disadvantage?


First of all, you should be aware of The new Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool doesn't support SharePoint 2010 yet, it only supports SharePoint 2013. Ref: Check the MSFT reply on 15/11/2017 (Planned to be supported in the future).

So, if you need to use The new Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool, you will need to first migrate from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

For more details check Upgrade process from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

The new SharePoint Migration Tool Advantages:

  • Provides a wizard-like experience, prompting you for information to simplify migrating your data from your on-premises SharePoint Server document libraries and local file shares to SharePoint Online (SPO).
  • Support the smallest of migrations to large-scale migrations with support for bulk scenarios.
  • Provides detailed information on the process of existing and completed migrations and task reports to help identify and resolve issues that may have occurred during the migration process.

The new SharePoint Migration Tool Disadvantages:

  • Only support to migrate from SharePoint 2013 to either SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business!
  • List migration is not supported, only SharePoint Server document libraries and local file shares. (Planned to be supported in 2018)
  • Not suitable for complex and advanced migration scenarios.
  • Migrate from SharePoint On-prem to another SharePoint On-prem is not supported.
  • Migrate from SharePoint online to another SharePoint online is not supported.
  • No options for custom metadata mapping.
  • ADFS authentication isn't supported (Planned to be supported in 2018).

For alternatives check

For more details, check

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  • Hi Qassas,Thanks for sharing this information. Do you know whether this migration tool keeps default metadata columns intact, like created by, created date etc.? – P S Jan 10 '18 at 4:48
  • @PS Yes, brother, It will preserve those kinds of metadata like the created by, modified by ... etc! (No options for custom metadata mapping yet). check also my answer here sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/232389/… – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Jan 10 '18 at 7:47
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    Oh that's great. Now atleaset we will need not to use 3rd party tool. Hope list migration will also get supported soon. – P S Jan 10 '18 at 8:47
  • @PS By the way, some of the new features will be added and some of the limitations will be overcome in the earlier of 2018 based on MSFT feedback – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Jan 10 '18 at 9:04

Microsoft has recently released its latest version of SharePoint Migration tool available free of cost to their customers.

You can use Microsoft’s SharePoint Migration tool to migrate content (folders and documents) to SharePoint Online along with basic metadata. However, the Microsoft SharePoint migration tool may fall short if you have a complex or metadata intensive migration to perform. For example, you may not be able to use this tool if the source SharePoint environment has been customized to suit specific business needs and has a complex metadata structure. Also it currently supports SharePoint 2013 as a source.

To explain this better, I gave a blog url for your reference below which explains about few important aspects of migration that may not be quite fully addressed by Microsoft’s SharePoint Migration tool, a complete list of migration features comparing Microsoft’s tool and Vyapin’s DocKit Migrator and certain important differences (pros and cons) between Microsoft’s tool and a third-party migration tool like Vyapin’s Dockit Migrator.

Comparison of Microsoft SharePoint migration Tool Vs Vyapin Dockit migrator

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