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Metalogix Content Matrix 8.9 - SharePoint Edition User Guide

Introduction Entering the License Key Content Matrix Console End User Interface Enabling Advanced Mode Connecting to SharePoint Migrating to O365 Using the Azure Pipeline/SPO Containers Preparing for a Migration How Content Matrix Handles Various SharePoint Components Initiating a Migration Configuring Copying Options Saving or Running a Migration Action Copying SharePoint Objects as a Separate Action Self-Service Migration Incremental Migration Log Files Using PowerShell with Content Matrix
Configuring PowerShell for Use with Content Matrix
Registering Metalogix Command DLL Files Adding PowerShell Snap-Ins for the Application Framework Content Matrix PowerShell Commandlet List
Metalogix.System.Commands Metalogix.SharePoint.Commands Metalogix.Jobs.Reporting.Commands Metalogix.SharePoint.Migration.Commands
Modifying Content Matrix Configuration and Settings Configuring Content Matrix for Distributed and Self-Service Migration Frequently Asked Questions
DB_Owner Permission Migrating with the Fabulous 40 Templates Item Count Discrepancies Keyboard Shortcuts License Key Troubleshooting Determining the Status of a Migration Running in the Background MySite and User Profile Migration Issues Optimal Setup for Best Performance Using Proxies, Load Balancing or Alternate Access Mappings Troubleshooting the Extensions Web Service Installing the Extensions Web Service on Specific Systems Extensions Web Service Installation Files Using Older Versions of the Extensions Web Service Preserving IDs when Migrating a Custom List as a Folder Migrating JavaScript Migrating Site Variations Migrating with SharePoint Document IDs Changing a Job Configuration for Multiple Files SharePoint 2003 Version Migration Limitations SharePoint 2013 and Later Site Collection Creation Issue Job List Database fails to Load After Upgrade Customized Wiki Page Web Part Zones Not Being Migrated Preserving SharePoint List Item IDs with a CSOM Connection Type Retrying Failed Document Copies to O365 CSOM Connections Migrating Content When the Source Custom List Template is Missing Are SharePoint Online Migrations Throttled? What to Expect when Migrating with StoragePoint on the Target Migration Error Message 'There was an Error Reading from the Pipe: The Pipe has been Ended (109, 0xd6)' How do I Remove Items from My Azure Blob Storage Account? Azure Batches Getting Stuck "Error, the batch will be resubmitted" Message Displays When Using Azure Item Count at Target is Increased When Migrating Using the Azure Pipeline Custom Lists with Versioning Enabled Not Being Migrated When Using the Azure Pipeline Supported Nintex Actions for SPO Migration "Insufficient Credentials" Message Connecting to Modern Team Site Using Web Browser Authentication Error Making a Browser-Based Connection with PowerShell Console Open
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Create SharePoint Folder

You can create a new SharePoint list via Metalogix Content Matrix under an existing list or library (or within an existing folder) as long as the connection type is not read-only..  If folder creation is not valid for the connection type, the option will be disabled.

Advanced Mode Icon  This option is only available when Advanced Mode is enabled.

To create a new SharePoint folder:

1.Navigate to the SharePoint Document Library, List, or Document Folder under which the new folder should be created.

2.Right-click and choose Create Folder.

Create Folder Menu Option

3.Complete the Create Folder dialog.  

Note that the Folder Type drop down allows you to select the content type with which to create the folder. if only one content type exists on that list/library/folder, the option will be grayed out. There is also a check-box option to overwrite any existing folder that uses the same folder name at the level the folder is being added.

Create Folder dialog

4.After completing the dialog, click [OK].

The new folder now displays in Explorer View.

Deleting a SharePoint Object

You can delete a SharePoint object via Metalogix Content Matrix as long as the connection type is not read-only. SharePoint objects that can be deleted via Metalogix Content Matrix are:

·SharePoint Sites

·SharePoint Lists

·SharePoint Document Folders

·SharePoint Documents

·SharePoint List Items

If the action is not valid for the connection type, it will be disabled.

NOTE:  Document versions and list item versions cannot be deleted via Metalogix Content Matrix.

To delete a SharePoint Object:

1.Select the SharePoint object to be deleted.

NOTE:  Depending on the type of object, this may be in the Explorer View or in the Items View.


§Press the Delete key on the keyboard.

§Right-click on the object and choose Delete [Object].

Delete List Menu Option

You will be prompted to confirm the action before continuing.

Comparing SharePoint Objects

Metalogix Content Matrix can compare SharePoint sites and lists for differences, including sites and lists between live sites and database connections. The comparison action lists any new, deleted, edited, or missing items between the two locations, gives the specific location for each file, and identifies the basic nature of the difference(s).  

You can, for example, compare a development site with a production site to determine whether the content matches or there are any updated differences between the two.

A compare can be done within SharePoint sites, lists, or folders, but not within items. However, the compare action itself runs down to the item level, and Metalogix Content Matrix shows results for everything under the selected node.

NOTE: A compare is only possible between lists of the same type. For example, two "Shared Documents" lists can be compared, but a "Shared Document" list cannot be compared to an "Announcements" list. This is not the same for sites. Any site type can be compared to any other site type. For example, a "Team Site" can be compared to either another "Team Site" or to a "Publishing Site."

Advanced Mode Icon  This option is only available when Advanced Mode is enabled.

To compare SharePoint objects:

1.In the Explorer View, select the site, list or folder that you want to use as the base for the comparison.

2.Right-click and choose Compare <Object>.

3.In the Compare <Object> dialog, under To, navigate to the site/list/folder that you want to make a comparison with.

NOTE: If you want to change the base location (site or list node) of the comparison, click [+ Show Explorer] to switch to a tree view from which a new comparison base node can be selected. To return to the “To” tree, select [– Hide Explorer].

Compare Site dialog

4.On the right side of the dialog, select the appropriate Compare options.  Use the information in the following table for guidance.

If …


·you are comparing sites


·you want all subsites under the selected node to be included in the compare

Recursively Compare Subsites,  and

optionally, Apply filter on Sites.

·you are comparing sites


·you want all lists under the selected site to be included in the compare (including lists in subsites if the Recursively Compare Subsites option is checked ).

Compare Lists.


you want all folders under the selected node to be included in the compare

Compare Folders, and

optionally, Apply filter on Folders.

you want all items under the selected node to be included in the compare

·Compare Items, and

·optionally, Apply filter on Items.

you want all item versions under the selected node to be included in the compare

Compare Versions.

you want all item metadata to be included in the compare

Compare Metadata.

you want the compare action to halt when it encounters and differences between the objects being compared

Halt if Different.

You want more detailed logging to be taken during the compare

Enable Verbose Logging.

5.After all the desired options and filters have been set, click [OK].

A status box displays the progress of the comparison between the selected objects. In the bottom left corner of the status box, results of the compare display, including the number of completions and some differences that may have been detected.


6.To display a “live view” of the operation log, click [Details>>].

The compare log contains useful information, such as:

§time copied,

§item name,

§item type,

§source and target locations of items,

§status of the item, and

§the nature of the difference(s).

Working with SharePoint Object Comparison Results

Differences in the log are marked, both with color and by icon, which help you quickly determine, at a glance, discrepancies between the base and target sites/lists/folders/items, along with information to help resolve these differences.  The significance of icons and color is described in the following table.



Compare Icons

Green Check mark

There are no differences between the object(s) on the base and target site/list.

Two boxes with an "X" between them

The object on the base site/list and the object on the target site/list are different.

An "=" sign with a box on the right

there is missing content on the target site/list side.

A box with an "=" sign on the right

There is missing content on the base site/list side.

Compare Text

Black Text

The object(s) in the base and target site/list match

Blue Text

The object(s) on the base and target site/list are different.

Red Text

The object(s) on the base and target site/list are missing from one side

To view more detail about an individual object:

1.Select the object for which you want to view detail.


§Double click the object


§Right-click and choose View log item.

NOTE:  You can also copy any selected results to the clipboard, and paste them into another application.

To navigate to the source or target location of an object:

1.From the log, select the object to which you want to navigate.

2.Right-click and choose either:

§Navigate > to Source (to display the source-side object in the left side of the Explorer View).


§Navigate > to Target (to display the target-side object in the right side of the Explorer View).

3.When finished with the log, click [Close].

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