By default, Essentials uses CSOM API to work with SharePoint Online when performing a migration. The Migration API uses Azure Storage as the middle man to stage content and process queues before it makes it to Office 365. As a result this is where Essentials will need to upload your content. In order to upload your content to Azure Storage, and use Azure Turbo Mode you will need to provide Essentials with your Azure Storage account name and the key associated to it.
·Only Standard Storage Accounts are supported for this operation.
·Minimum recommendations would be a quad core CPU, 8GB of available memory (Memory Management), 20GB of local hard drive space and as fast an upload speed as possible. Limiting any of these components can decrease the performance drastically.
To Switch to Azure Migration API, select the option Azure Turbo, located in the Advanced Options section of the migration wizards.
You must then specify the storage location:
·Microsoft Provided Storage - will store the Azure packages in a temporary container that Microsoft provides. An access Key to work with this container is valid for 3 day. This means that if in 4 days you would like to get logs of operation after an azure job is done, you will not be able to access them, as the key will have expired. To avoid this situation, use the Synchronous mode of Azure Migration, or use the Azure Logs Refresh Policy for Hyper Mode jobs.
All content is encrypted by AES CBC 256 standard.
·User Provided Storage: This option allows you to provide your own Azure Storage instead of using one provided by Microsoft for the purpose of utilizing Azure Turbo Mode. It requires that you provide both your Azure Blob Storage Account Name as well as its corresponding Access Key by clicking the "Select" button to the right. If you cannot supply this information, please search our online Knowledge Base, User Manual or contact Support for additional information before proceeding.
NOTE: User Provided storage will give you access to Azure logs for a longer period of time than Microsoft provided storage. It will also allow you to perform the migration faster with less throttling.
·Send Notification - enter specific user email addresses to denote who will receive notifications. Set up User Notifications here in order to use this feature.
Differences in migration with CSOM and Azure
·CSOM doesnt support migration of Shared with me data. It can only be migrated using Azure Turbo mode.
·CSOM doesnt support version label migration; metadata and authorship will be preserved correctly, but version labeling is reset post migration.
If you are creating a new Azure Storage account, consider picking the geographical location closest to where your tenant physically resides. The closer the Azure Storage data center is located to your Office 365 tenant's data center, the faster the transfer will be between the two.
To locate your Azure Storage Name and Access Key:
1.Login to your Azure Management Portal at https://manage.windowsazure.com
2.From the left navigator bar, select the option labeled Storage.
3.Select the Storage Account name from the available list that you wish to use for Azure Turbo and then choose Manage Access Keys from the bottom menu. If there are no storage accounts available or you would like to create one, click the New button displayed below the left navigator bar. For more information about how to create or manage Azure Storage Accounts, please see the following link: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-create-storage-account/
4.From the Manage Access Keys window, you will want to copy the Storage Account Name and at least the Primary Access Key value to a text file for safe keeping. These two values will need to be provided to Essentials in order to successfully use the Azure Turbo Mode option.
5.After these values have been saved to a file, you may log out of your Azure Management Portal.
Follow these steps in order to perform Azure Turbo Mode Migration.
1.From within Essentials, initiate a migration as you typically would and continue through the Migration wizard until you reach the final page with the Advanced Options section. (For more information about various Migration wizard options see one of the Site Migration Wizard section, and any of its dependent sections)
NOTE: Please note that the user account provided requires Site Collection Administrator access to each destination SharePoint Online Site Collection.
2.Under the Advanced Options section of most migration wizards there is a option labeled "Enable Azure Turbo Mode". Select this option.
3.Next to the User Provided Storage Option, click the Select button. This will a window that will allow you to connect to your Azure account.
4.In the Azure window, enter your Storage Account name. For information on how to get the account key name see this section. Click Connect.
5.In the next Connect to Azure window enter the Account Key for the Storage Account you entered in the previous step. For information on how to get the account key see this section. Click Connect.
6.If both values are correct, you will return to the original dialog where the OK button will now be enabled, Click Ok. If either of the values entered was incorrect, you will receive an authentication failure message and you will have an opportunity to try again.
7.Once the Enable Azure Turbo Mode option is enabled and the correct values have been provided (if the option is enabled and no values are supplied, then Azure Turbo Mode will not be used for this migration), you may continue with the migration wizard.
8.For future migrations, you may decide to save the Azure Storage User Account key into Essentials by clicking the lock icon next to the Storage Account Name. While this step is optional, it may save some time in configuring future migrations.
In order to do this you must know your Password - to manage the password go to the Help tab, select Profile Manager, and then go to the Advanced tab and Password Management section.
To see more information about the queued jobs, their status, GUIDs, results, and more, simply select the destination SharePoint Online site from the Navigator tree, right click and select Open Azure Turbo Queue.
The Azure Turbo Queue perspective options in Essentials allows you to see a wealth of information related to each job that is in the queue. Here you can sort the jobs by each column, or you can simply use the "search by GUID" bar to easily navigate to a specific Azure Turbo job.
NOTE: If you do not see any jobs then either they have not been queued yet (it can take anywhere from 2 to 5+ minutes for the first job to be queued) or you need to refresh the list since it has not done so in real time.
As jobs complete (and their status reloads), the status will change from Queued to Processing to Completed.
NOTE: Job Status is not updated in real time, so you should select one or more jobs and choose the option "Reload Job List" or "Refresh Queue List" to view the current state.
Once it reaches the Completed state, the content should now have been migrated to SharePoint Online.
For additional log details, select this or any completed job and choose the option View Job Log.
This will open the log file that the Migration API generated,, which includes a very detailed report pertaining to this operation.
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