Due to its experience using the solution for previous SharePoint migrations, Leale chose to use AvePoint’s DocAve Migrator – part of the fully integrated DocAve Software Platform for SharePoint infrastructure management. DocAve Migrator provides an efficient, cost-effective solution for migrating business-critical content to SharePoint. “Our main requirements for a migration tool were flexibility and ease-of-use, and we knew DocAve could deliver in both of those areas,” Kilpatrick said. “We also trusted AvePoint’s support team, and the fact that it was available to help us 24 hours a day was a big selling point to the client.”
After the migration discovery and planning phases, Leale began to carry out the migration process with DocAve. In order to eliminate the possibility of business disruption, Leale was able to allow users to continue working in the MOSS 2007 environment while migrating data to SharePoint 2010. This would not have been possible using SharePoint’s native database-attach upgrade method. Once the initial job was complete for each site collection, Leale would schedule incremental migrations to take place outside of business hours to ensure all new data created was available in the SharePoint 2010 environment once it was approved by each department to go live. “Working with hundreds of departments who rely on SharePoint, the ability to not have any downtime was huge,” Kilpatrick said. “DocAve helped us ensure that operations were not disrupted and all data was synchronized with the new environment when it was ready for use.”
When transferring content between the source and destination, Leale was able to preserve all metadata for the center’s content, including security settings, attributes, and properties. This helped ease the transition for users and ensured everything was left intact in the new environment. “Carrying out the migration with full fidelity was very important to the client,” Kilpatrick said. “DocAve allowed us to move all content over to the new system so it matched the old environment one-for-one.”
Within four months, Leale was able to migrate approximately 400 gigabytes of content and 300 site collections, completing the project on time for the center as planned. Throughout the migration, AvePoint’s technical support team proved to be a reliable partner. “If we ran into an issue, AvePoint’s support team always found a solution and delivered the functionality we needed,” Kilpatrick said.