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A simple guide to migrate SharePoint 2010 to 2019

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam Updated On - 21 May 2020

For SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft has given April 13, 2021 as the date for the end of support. The term is ‘end of support’ means Microsoft will no longer bring any updates to the particular version of the application. It is an indication to the user that they should upgrade to the latest version of the software. After the the particular date, it will be an end of its lifecycle. It does not mean that the software will stop to work, but Microsoft will no longer help you in any of the following:

  • Technical support to fix your various problems.
  • Regular updates and bug fixes to keep the software stable.
  • Security patches to stop breaches and stop SharePoint Server from being vulnerable.
  • Time zone updates.

If you are using SharePoint 2010, then you will get only some months to use the current version of software with Microsoft support. So, after April 13, 2021, your natural reaction will be to upgrade to the latest version of SharePoint Server 2019 and find a suitable method to do so. But, if you follow the Upgrade and Updates documentation of Microsoft, then you will find out that there is no direct method to migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 to SharePoint Server 2019, the latest version.

To upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019, you will have to upgrade either to SharePoint Server 2013 or 2016 and then finally upgrade to 2019. The table shows the available option for you:

End of Support software

SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2010

SharePoint Server 2013 (on-premises)

SharePoint Online


SharePoint Server 2013 hybrid with SharePoint Online

SharePoint Server 2016 (on-premises)



SharePoint Cloud Hybrid Search

As SharePoint Server 2019 is not available as a direct destination for the SharePoint Server 2010, the possible option in front of you is to use any professional software that supports all SharePoint migrations irrespective of their versions and Kernel Migrator for SharePoint is the best bet you can have.

Kernel Migrator for SharePoint adds two SharePoint servers as the source and destination and you can do the migration as easily as the copy-paste process. So, let’s go through the process of migrating the SharePoint Server 2010 to the latest SharePoint Server 2019.

Add SharePoint Server 2010 as the Source
  1. Open Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. In the toolbar, go to Add New Source and click SharePoint Server.
  2. In the Add New Site, you need to provide a project name and site address of the SharePoint 2010 site. If you need to search for a specific site, then you can click the Find Site Collection button.
  3. In the Site Collection, you need to input the site’s valid credentials.
  4. After inputting the site’s credentials, click the OK button.
  5. The tool is connecting with the SharePoint 2010 Server.
  6. After connecting with the SharePoint Server, the tool will display the list of associated applications.
  7. After selecting the web application, click Next.
  8. After you have given all the details for the site, click OK.
  9. A message will ask whether you want to add the SharePoint site as the destination also. Click No.
  10. The SharePoint Server site is presented in the source pane.
Add SharePoint Server 2019 as the destination

The process to add the SharePoint Server 2019 is exactly the same as adding the source site.

  1. In the toolbar, go to SharePoint Server, right-click, and choose Add New SharePoint Site.
  2. In the Add New Site page, input the credentials of the destination site, or click the Find Site Collection button.
  3. Input the values for Central Admin URL, User Name, and Password.
  4. After inputting the details, click Next.
  5. The tool starts to connect with SharePoint Server.
  6. Select the available Web Applications from the selected Server, click Next.
  7. After choosing the Web application, click Finish.
  8. Now the SharePoint site has all the required information, click OK.
  9. The tool will ask that if you want to add the SharePoint Server as the Source also. Click No.
  10. Let the SharePoint connect with the SharePoint Server.
  11. A new SharePoint Server is present in the destination pane.
Migrate SharePoint data from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2019

When you have added both SharePoint Servers in Source and Destination, then you can use the copy-paste method to directly place the data from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2019.

You can copy an unlimited data at a time and migrate it to the desired destination. After you migrate the data, then the tool will give you a report that will show the status of the migrated data and their new URL. SharePoint Migration software gives you many additional features like a variety of filter options and an easy scheduling option that will run the migration at the time when you want to run it. You can also migrate sites, subsites, lists, libraries, documents, permissions, metadata, etc.


As there is no manual ways for the direct migration of data from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2019, you need to use a professional tool like Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. It is an easy-to-use tool that supports all types of SharePoint migrations.