Simple Guide for SharePoint to SharePoint Migration

Aftab Alam | Updated On - 06 Apr 2021 |

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The latest version of SharePoint 2019 has brought many features like support for large files, modern design for sites and page layouts, faster site creation, integration with features like PowerApps, Power BI and MS Flow, etc. Now, if you are planning to upgrade to the latest SharePoint and searching for the best migration method, then Microsoft has made it easy for you. There is a SharePoint Migration Tool available to you free, which you can download and use to conduct the migration.
You can perform the migrations-

  • From SharePoint Server document libraries
  • From File Share

If you are migrating from multiple sources, you can use JSON or CSV file for bulk migration.
Although the free SharePoint Migration tool is suitable for regular migration, it does not have features for the migration of versions, advanced filters, detailed migration reports, flexible migration scheduler, etc. If the migration gets to stop in the midway, then it can be quite troublesome too. That’s why you should use Kernel Migrator for SharePoint, which offers all the features for SharePoint migration. It supports 2010,2013,2016,2019, SharePoint Online(O365) versions of SharePoint too.

Here is a simple guide to complete the SharePoint-to-SharePoint migration for a site –

  1. Install and run the Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. Select the ‘Migration To’ option in the toolbar and then select SharePoint Server.
    Kernel Migrator for SharePoint Tool
    You can also choose the ‘SharePoint’ option under the menu and then select SharePoint to SharePoint Migration.
    select SharePoint to SharePoint Migration
  2. Click the Add button.Add button
  3. Select the first option of ‘Site’ among the three options – Site, List/Library, and Item. Click Next.Select the first option
  4. Click the drop-down to select the registered source. It will mention all the available SharePoint Sites. Select the Site and click the Folder the registered source
  5. Expand the site and its subsites. You can choose any subsite and select the entire site. Click OK after making the selection.choose any subsite
  6. The tool lists the site. Now there is three button – Edit Source Section, Remove All, and Add.
    Edit Source Section, Remove All, and Add

    • If you click the Remove button for the selected item, then the tool will show the message.tool will show the message
    • If you click the Remove All button, then the tool will show the the Remove All button
    • If you click the Add button to add another site, then the tool will give the following message.add another site
    • Finally, click the Next button.

  7. The ‘Select Site Copy Options’ page brings the option to migrate the site.
    Select Site Copy Options
    There are the following options –

    • Migrate as an existing site – Select this option to migrate the site, if the target site already exists on the Destination SharePoint.
    • Migrate as a New Site – Select this option to copy the Source Site as a new Site on Destination. Clicking it activates the accompanied textbox, in which you can enter the new site name.copy the Source Site as a new Site on Destination
    • Migrate as site collections(s) – Select this option to copy the new site as a site collection. Clicking it activates the accompanying section, where you have to provide the details like Central Admin URL.
      Migrate as site collections(s)
      You have to select any of the above options and provide the required inputs. Here, we are copying the source site as a new site. Click Next.
      provide the required inputs
  8. Click the drop-down Site URL and select the Site. Then click the Browse the Browse button
  9. Expand the Site to choose the sub-sites and then click the OK the OK button
  10. The software establishes its connection with the selected destination SharePoint Server.
  11. selected destination SharePoint Server

  12. The tool enlists the site and provides you the destination site which you have chosen. Click Next.provides you the destination site
  13. The ‘Site Migration Options’ presents multiple options that can be applied for the migration. Select as per your need. In the present example, all the checkboxes are selected.Site Migration Options
  14. Select the required options in List/Library Migration Options.List/Library Migration Options
  15. There are numerous filtering options including –
    • Overwrite file if it exists.
    • Upload file only if the target file exists and is older than the source file.
    • Ignore the file path.
    • Include version.
    • Date Filter.
    • File Filter.
    • Choose the required options. Click Next after applying the filter.

      applying the filter

  16. Check the option to ‘Migrate Permissions.’ Click Next.Migrate Permissions
  17. Choose the Scheduling options among – Execute Immediate and Schedule. Click Next.Execute Immediate and Schedule
  18. The tool presents a summary of your selections for the source and destination SharePoint Servers. Click Next.selections for the source and destination SharePoint Servers
  19. The tool starts the migration.Starts the migration
  20. Here is the whole report of the migration. Click the Finish of the migration


Kernel Migrator for SharePoint performs fast migration of multiple SharePoint sites. Its advantage is that it helps to perform SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016 migration without any hassle.