How to Transfer Files from Network File Shares NFS to OneDrive for Business?

More than 80% of the companies around the world have given up traditional storage systems like NFS and moved into the cloud. Cloud storage and collaboration services OneDrive, Dropbox, G Suite, Box, etc. have become mainstream productivity tools. However, some businesses and independent professionals are still relying on local or conventional on-premise storage options. One of the biggest roadblocks for them that stop embracing the cloud is data migration. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how one can easily migrate their data from Network File System to OneDrive for Business while retaining the folder structure and file-sharing permissions.

Please note that since it is a business migration from NFS (also referred to as Network File Shares) to OneDrive for Business, you would need to contact our team for a quote or questions. With that said, you can still create an account and test a business migration.

Step 1: Create a CloudFuze account and Login

Step 2: Add Your Network File System

Locate Network File Shares (NFS) icon under the business clouds and click on it.

Step 3: Authorize Your Network File System for Migration

Enter a display name to recognize your source drive throughout the migration. Enter the host name. Enter a folder path. Here you can choose root or a specific folder for migration. Go with the root option if you wish to migrate entire content.

Step 4: Add and Authorize Your OneDrive for Business Account

Similar to how you added NFS, you now need to authorize your new OneDrive account. Just click on the OneDrive for the Business logo listed under business clouds and enter your ODFB admin login credentials. Remember that you need to be the admin of an ODFB account to initiate migration. An OneDrive account with user access will not be able to migrate any data. CloudFuze neither stores your passwords nor the data. The app uses the OAuth protocol to authorize the account and make it ready for the migration. Read more about CloudFuze Security here.

Step 5: Select Source and Destination Clouds for Migration

In this case, you need to select  NFS as a source and OneDrive for Business as a destination. This is a critical step and you need to be cautious as selecting the wrong source and destination clouds will break the migration.

Step 6: Select the Users You Wish to Migrate from NFS to OneDrive

CloudFuze has a feature called Auto-Map that automatically pairs users in source and destination based on the email aliases. This feature saves a lot of time and makes the entire migration process smooth. In case, if you need to transfer data between different users, it can be be done using the CSV feature.

Step 7: Choose Your Preferred Migration Settings

In this page, you can give your migration a name. This is particularly useful when you have multiple migration jobs. In the job type, select it as One Time. Leave the Destination Path as / to migrate the data to OneDrive for Business root. If you want the data to go a specific folder in OneDrive, enter/followed by the folder name. Keep in mind that you need to enter the folder name correctly. By default, you will get the migration reports in your email. If you want the notification to go to additional emails, enter those emails under Additional Notifications text box. OneDrive for Business doesn’t support some special characters to be in the folder or file names. Since you are migrating from NFS, you need not worry about this option. This special character’s function comes in handy while migrating from other cloud service providers like Dropbox or Box.

Step 8: Preview and Initiate the Migration

In this final step, preview your migration job and when everything looks alright just hit the Start Migration button. Your migration will be initiated instantly and the progress of the file transfer can be seen in the same portal anytime.

We hope the tutorial helped you. Contact our migration team if you need further assistance.

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