G Suite is an integrated platform of multiple collaboration and productivity apps such as Gmail Docs, Drive, Calendar, etc. Earlier, G Suite used to be an ideal platform for business, but after the introduction of Microsoft 365 with many advanced features, businesses started moving their data from G Suite to this platform.
But the migration process was a bit complicated for users, as they had no idea how to transfer the files from G Suite to Microsoft 365. Although there is no direct process to move G Suite to Microsoft 365, you can take the help of your IMAP account to transfer the files.
In the following article we will detail the steps to follow to migrate G Suite to Office 365 through IMAP.
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What Is IMAP?
The Internet message access protocol is an application protocol that allows access to messages stored on an Internet server. Through IMAP you can access email from any computer that has an Internet connection.
What Is Migration For IMAP?
It consists in replicating emails from one server to another server.
What Can We Migrate Through IMAP?
Only emails and the folder structure are migrated. The contacts, calendars and tasks must be migrated manually, making exports and imports.
Before Beginning Migration
Before starting the migration from G Suite to Office 365, you have to make two settings in Gmail accounts:
Enable IMAP in Gmail
From our Gmail account we access Settings.
On the Settings page, switch to Forwarding and POP / IMAP mail.
We enable IMAP access by checking Enable IMAP.
Allow access for less secure applications
From our Gmail account, we access Settings.
Go to Accounts and import > Other Google account settings.
Go to Security option on the left panel
We go down at the bottom in the right panel and check Allow access to less secure applications.
Preparing Migration In The Office 365 Environment
We must create two .CSV files:
The first CSV will help us create the users in Office 365. To do this, we must follow the following structure of the attached CSV:
The second CSV will be used to associate the GMAIL account with the user in Office 365. To do this, we must follow the following structure of the attached CSV:
email@example.com,contoso\paul.cannon,3281986 EmailAddress: is the email address of the Office 365 mailbox. UserName: is the login name for the Gmail user’s mailbox. Password: is the password of the Gmail user’s mailbox.
In the above part, we discussed how you could prepare the environment for G Suite to Office 365 migration. This will help you prepare for a successful migration from G Suite to Microsoft 365. Now, to understand how you can perform the migration, please read part 2