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Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 2.2.3 - User Guide

Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 User Guide
Administrator Architect Backup
Interface Overview Common Functions
Connecting to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Connecting to Cloud Storage Hyper Backup Creating a Full Backup Creating an Update Backup Creating an Exchange Online Mailbox Backup Creating an Office 365 Group Backup Creating a OneDrive for Business Backup Backup Resume Backup Search Restore from Backup Scheduling Backup Jobs Import/Export Backup Archives Moving the Backup Location Backup Project Conversion
Interface Overview Common Functions
Connecting to Drives Copy Google Drives to OneDrive for Business Copy Google Drive to an Office 365 Group Copy Google Drive to Microsoft Teams Copy File Shares to OneDrive for Business Copy File Shares to SharePoint Online Copy File Shares to an Office 365 Group Copy File Share to Microsoft Teams Copy My Sites to OneDrive for Business Copy OneDrive for Business to OneDrive for Business Copy Box to OneDrive for Business Copy Box to SharePoint Online Copy Box to an Office 365 Group Copy Box to Microsoft Teams Copy Dropbox Business to OneDrive for Business Copy Dropbox to an Office 365 Group Copy Dropbox to Microsoft Teams OneDrive Management Progress Tab Hyper Migration Path Length Overflow
File Manager Informant Migrator
Interface Common Functions
Connect to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Copy Sites Live Compare Copy Lists and Libraries Copy, Move, and Tag SharePoint Content Copy Alerts Pre-Migration Analysis Azure Turbo Mode In-Place Tagging of SharePoint Items Incremental Copy Nintex Workflow Migration Orphaned Users Copy Preserving Content Authorship and Approve/Reject Statuses Reprocess Failed Items Save Site to XML Using Scripts and Integration With Windows Task Scheduler
Profile and Global Variables Public Folders for SharePoint Reporting and Re-Mapping Users and Templates Security Manager Term Store Manager Scripts Wizards Appendix

Dropbox Business - Content Permissions and Mapping

Due to the differences between permissions in Dropbox Business versus those in OneDrive for Business, the following permission mapping is performed during the migration.  If you wish to not include permissions, simply uncheck the "Copy Permissions" option during configuration.

Dropbox Business Shared Folder Permission Level

OneDrive for Business Permission Level






Full Control

The "Copy Permissions" option migrates shared permissions assigned to Dropbox Business folders and files. By default files permissions is not enabled. Turning this option on will allow you to copy file level permissions from the source account to Office 365 Locations. In order to do this, you must enable the Copy Permissions checkbox, as well as enable the Copy Permissions options in the Copy Wizard. 


NOTE: The Copy File Level Permissions option will not work, even if it is enabled in the Profile Manager, if the Copy Permissions option is disabled in the copy wizard.

In order to enable the Copy Permissions option, do the following:

1.Navigate to the Help tab within Essentials and select Profile Manager.
Drives dropbox permissions 1

2.Within the Profile Manager, select Dropbox Options.
Drives dropbox permissions 2

3.Navigate to the Copy Properties section and select the copy options you want to enable.
Drives dropbox permissions 3

4.Once you are done making your changes click Apply. Click Close.
Drives dropbox permissions 4

Dropbox Business - Unsupported Objects

The following Dropbox Business objects are not supported when migrating to OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online.


·External user accounts are not supported. But if an external user is a collaborator and has permissions to some connection and was mentioned in the content metadata (core properties), then migration of this permission and metadata is supported.

·Objects in the "Deleted Files"

Dropbox Business - Core Properties

Migration of Created At/Created By and Modified At/Modified By is limited because of Dropbox API rules.


Dropbox API does not return information about the Created At and Created By fields, it only supports the preservation of the Modified By and Modified At fields.


To solve this problem the Essentials Tool sets the target user account as Created By. For most files, it is a valid account since most of the content is the personal content of this account. This means that for content that is not owned by the target user, Created By will also be set as the target user account and the original ownership would be lost. We recommend using the Skip non-owned content option in order to exclude the migration of such files. In global, you will copy this content correctly with valid ownership when you copy that particular account over. Select the option "Copy Permissions" to  preserve sharing - it will help to preserve the full original content structure when you copy all accounts over.


For the Created At problem, the Essentials Tool sets the value to Modified At because it would be the closest date to the original value. It will help to prevent Created At being newer than Modified At or to be completely out of activity time region.



Path Length Overflow

(Bulk Google Drive, Box Enterprise and Dropbox Business to OneDrive for Business migrations only)

SharePoint Online, and consequently OneDrive for Business, has a series of restrictions or limitations that all users (and software) must abide by, a few of which are the total URL length of the content and file/folder names.  As defined, this total URL length cannot exceed 260 characters, and file or folder names may not exceed 250 characters.  More information can be found here:

When migrating to OneDrive for Business from a source system like Box or Google Drive, which do not have such limitations, you may find yourself in a situation where your content will simply not “fit”.  Due to this scenario, we have implemented logic into the specific migration scenarios (bulk Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox Business to OneDrive for Business only) to better process these unfortunate situations and ensure that all content is migrated to OneDrive for Business regardless of the path or name length.

Please see the Path Length Overflow section and its sub sections for a detailed overview about this functionality and how to enable the configuration settings.

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