Disclaimer: By writing this article I’m not promoting or demoting any SharePoint migration product. This analysis was done during early 2012. Product features may get improved meanwhile. Products are compared in the perspective of the features required for my business scenarios.

I’ve conducted these tests by migrating from our live SPS-2003 and SharePoint 2007 into SharePoint 2010 with all of the tools. We have compared the features/issues/license cost

SharePoint Migration Products Compared
I’ve evaluated below products and methods for my SharePoint migration tools comparison.

  1. Metalogix – Migration Manager for SharePoint http://www.metalogix.com/Products/Migration-Manager-for-SharePoint/SharePoint-Upgrade.aspx
  2. Quest – DELL – Migration Manager for SharePoint  http://software.dell.com/products/migration-suite-for-sharepoint/
  3. MetaVis – Migrator http://www.metavistech.com/product/sharepoint-migration
  4. Avepoint – DocAve Migrator http://www.avepoint.com/sharepoint-to-sharepoint-migration-docave/
  5. Idera – SharePoint migration suite  http://www.idera.com/Products/SharePoint/SharePoint-migration-suite/
  6. Axceler – Davinci Migrator http://www.axceler.com/SharePointMigration/DavinciMigratorforSharePoint2010.aspx
  7. Database Attachment Method!

What Extra values do these Tools add?
Why we need a separate product for migration? What can’t be done in out-of-the-box migration or upgrade methods such as Database attachment/In-place upgrade? Well, it speeds up the migration process and provides these additional functionalities.

  • Migrate directly from SPS 2003 to SharePoint 2010
  • Template Re-Mapping
  • Sub-site to Site collection Promotion and vice versa
  • List Merging/Splitting
  • Incremental Migration
  • Content From DB
  • Link Verification and Correction
  • Migrate Specific Element like users
  • User Re-mapping/Clean-up
  • Compare Sites/Lists

What Features are compared?
I’ve tested these major features during this evaluation:

  • SharePoint 2003/2007 Team sites
  • Wiki Libraries
  • Web part pages
  • Custom web parts
  • Users, Permissions and security
  • Site Templates/List Templates
  • InfoPath Forms
  • Content Types
  • SPD/Nintex workflows
  • Data view web parts

List of items which needs manual intervention

  • Site template/List Templates
  • Site definition/List definitions
  • Custom web parts/Third-party solutions
  • Features/Solutions/Event handlers/ User controls
  • Content types/InfoPath Form Libraries
  • Master pages/Themes and style sheets
  • SharePoint Central Administration settings
  • Code or pages in _layouts
  • Un-ghosted pages (Custom List views built with SPD)
  • Workflows(Including SPD workflows, Nintex) 
  • Web.config changes

Comparison Table:

Feature Metalogix Metavis Quest Avepoint Idera Axceler DB Attach Method
Metadata, Versions Migration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, Partially Yes
Users and Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, Partially Yes
Security Yes Yes. But replaces with “System” in some places Yes. But replaces with “System” in some places Yes Yes. But replaces with “System” in some places Yes Yes
Infopath Forms Migration Yes – Only files, Not template Yes – Only files, Not template Yes – Only files, Not template No Yes – Only files, Not template Yes – Only files, Not template Yes
Custom web parts migration Yes – Custom solution must be deployed in target first! Yes Yes No Yes No Yes – Custom solution must be deployed in target first!
Custom list views Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes, Partially Yes
SPD workflows No Yes- But Doesn’t work! Yes- But Doesn’t work! No Yes- But Doesn’t work! No No
Content Types Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes, Partially Yes
Re-Templating Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Re-Architecturing(Moving sub-site as site collection and vice versa) No (but has a workaround) Yes Yes No Yes No No (but has a workaround)
split and merge sites, lists; change list locations and site hierarchies No (but has a workaround) Yes Yes No Yes No No (but has a workaround)
Comparing Sites Yes -Limited Yes No No Yes No No
Interface Windows Application. Need to install on Source, Destination. Windows Application Windows Application Web Application Windows Application Web Application N/A
Wiki-Pages Yes Yes -Not updated content Yes -Not updated content No No No Yes
Web Part Pages/Basic pages Yes No No No No No Yes
Public Folders/Files No Yes No No Yes No No
Show/Find SharePoint Objects(Web part pages,webparts, Themes, etc) No Yes Yes No Yes No No
Incremental Migration, Content From DB, Link Verification and Correction, Migrate Specific Element like users Yes No No No No No No
License Cost $9595 for 300 GB

Additional content – $36 per GB

$12960 for 50 GB

$7,600.00 for Additional 100 GB

$17994 for Unlimited

$8424 per Web Front End Not considered $10,194 for 300 GB Not considered Not applicable

Conclusion? Compare the features you need, compare the cost, decide the one fits for you.

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