How to Plan SharePoint 2019 Migration?

Himanshu Goyal Himanshu Goyal Updated On - 30 Oct 2019

With the release of SharePoint Server 2019, a lot of things have been changing in the industry. As the new features of SharePoint 2019 have been revealed, many organizations are more excited to move to the new SharePoint environment. These new features include:

  • A responsive experience for web pages, lists, and library content.
  • Support for OneDrive.exe – the next generation sync client
  • Modern intranet portals and communication site
  • Support for large files, longer URLs, and reduced character restrictions

But, don’t be in a hurry, you need proper planning before moving to SharePoint 2019. So, here are some things that every business can do to prepare themselves for SharePoint 2019 migration.

Read Also: A Quick Checklist for SharePoint Migration

  1. Need to Move to SharePoint 2019
  2. Why you want to move to SharePoint 2019? Many business owners think that spending money on upgrading is not a good financial decision. However, compared to older versions, there are many advanced features related to security and collaboration which every business would like to take advantage of.

  3. Training your Employees
  4. As a business owner, you must be aware of the fact that Microsoft likes to change the user interface of their products with every update. Like when Microsoft’s ribbon feature arrived, a lot of users were not prepared for it. So, training your employees is vital if you want to upgrade to SharePoint 2019. It will help them in using SharePoint smoothly.

  5. Delete the Unnecessary Data
  6. Moving your old unnecessary SharePoint data can make the migration process complicated, and even if it doesn’t cause any problems, you’ll waste your time by upgrading the crap. So, if you want to upgrade, make sure to get rid of all the abandoned site collections, webs, or web applications that are of no use. There is no significant benefit in deleting the unnecessary data, but it will save you a lot of time. Also, the migrating process will be smoother and easier.

Steps to Upgrade to SharePoint 2019

The upgrade scenario for SharePoint 2019 is no different than its previous versions. For instance, there is no direct method to upgrade from 2013 to 2019. First, you’ll have to upgrade SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016 and then upgrade to SharePoint 2019. If you try to upgrade from a lower version, then the database will be locked, and the upgrade will not start.

SharePoint 2013

If you want to upgrade from SharePoint 2013, make sure you convert the web applications that are in windows authentication to claims authentication.

After converting the web applications, upgrade all the site collections from 14 mode to 15 mode with Upgrade-SPSite cmdlet. Database with 14 version will not be upgraded to SharePoint Server 2016. After upgrading the content to SharePoint 2016, create a backup of data and move to SharePoint 2016.

SharePoint 2016

You’ll have to build a new temporary farm in SharePoint 2016 that includes service applications. Once the service applications are created, use the existing database names that reside on SQL 2016. After creating a new farm, create a new web application with a temporary database and descend the temporary databases from the web application.

Now, start the upgrade process to SharePoint Server 2016 by using Mount-SPContentDatabase cmdlet on the restored content database from SQL2016.

SharePoint 2019

The process to move from SharePoint 2016 to SharePoint 2019 is similar to that of moving from SharePoint 2013 to 2016 except for converting web applications to claims authentication and upgrading database modes to level 15.
From the temporary SharePoint 2016 server farm (SQL 2016), create a backup of all content and service applications. Reinstate these databases to a new farm’s SQL Server in SharePoint Server 2019 (SQL 2019).

Now, create a new farm in SharePoint Server 2019 that includes service applications, and then build a new web application with a temporary database. Install any trusted solutions, InfoPath forms, etc. and dismount the temporary content database.

SharePoint 2019 Migration Using Kernel SharePoint Migrator

As you can see, migration from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2019 is not easy; it requires technical knowledge and expertise. With manual methods being complicated, you can even lose crucial data if the migration process is not executed correctly. For instance, many organizations use SharePoint in their day-to-day business; they should be cautious while making any changes to their SharePoint environment.

Also, if you’re migrating from SharePoint 2010 to 2019, then it will be very complicated, as you’ll have to upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to 2013 to 2016 and then to 2019. So, you should take help from a SharePoint consulting firm or use a third-party tool like Kernel SharePoint Migrator. Using a third-party tool will make the overall process easier for you.


So, if you have decided to upgrade to SharePoint 2019, then we strongly recommend you use kernel SharePoint Migrator. This is a useful SharePoint migration tool empowered with some great features and allows direct migration from SharePoint 2013 to 2019 without any hassle.