1. Introduction

For businesses, migrating Google Drive to OneDrive for Business involves transferring files/folders in fairly high volume, migrating all sharing permissions, maintaining timestamps, and updating incremental changes.

business migration requirements

In short, migrating company data is sort of complex and, at times, can be challenging.

With CloudFuze’s migration platform, enterprises and SMBs can have even their most sensitive data effortlessly migrated from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.

2. Migrate Google Drive to OneDrive for Business With CloudFuze

Here’s a brief look at how CloudFuze helps enterprises and SMBs worldwide with Google Drive to OneDrive for Business migration.

If you don’t have the time to read the entire guide, directly contact our migration team and share your questions and migration needs. Or simply watch the migration video:

CloudFuze is a cloud migration platform designed to migrate terabytes and petabytes of company data from source cloud to destination cloud which, in this case, is Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.

CloudFuze is designed with extensive focus on business migrations (especially enterprise migrations) that include requirements such as non-disruptive migration, non-slowing high-volume data migration, incremental migration, and many more.

Google Drive to OneDrive for Business migration with CloudFuze

With CloudFuze’s managed migration service, you can have your company’s data (regardless of size) migrated without you or your IT team having to do any work.

Leave the migration work to CloudFuze and continue with your company’s everyday operations – it’s that simple!

3. Why Use CloudFuze to Migrate Data From Google Drive to OneDrive for Business?

Enterprise cloud data is a lot different from consumer data. Typical cloud data of businesses consists not only of files but also users. Therefore, along with files, businesses need to migrate users, folder structure, and even user/file permissions.

To successfully do this, a third-party cloud data migration platform like CloudFuze plays a crucial role.

CloudFuze helps your business or organization migrate from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business while preserving all the important aspects of the data.

CloudFuze's migration features

4. CloudFuze’s Solution to Google Drive to OneDrive for Business Migration Challenges

Almost all companies face certain challenges when it comes to migrating bulk data from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.

  • Firstly, the sheer size of company data itself can pose a major challenge.
  • Secondly, the differences in the features/tools between Google Drive and OneDrive for Business can create complex technical challenges.

But CloudFuze has your company covered with its automatic and manual provisions.

Google Drive to OneDrive for Business migration challenges CloudFuze’s solutions
Terabytes/petabytes of company data to migrate. CloudFuze can migrate terabytes and petabytes of company data in batches to mitigate complexity.
Company data highly sensitive to be migrated in public/shared server. CloudFuze uses OAuth and REST API calls – two of the most secure protocols. It can also be deployed in client’s own cloud, VM, or data center.
Migrating Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc created in Google Drive. CloudFuze migrates all Google files as respective Microsoft files.
Unsupported characters and file/folder names in OneDrive for Business. CloudFuze automatically renames unsupported characters and file/folder names to comply with OneDrive’s restrictions.
Exceeding 400 characters file path length in OneDrive for Business. CloudFuze trims long file paths to 350 characters.
Migration throttling at source or destination cloud. CloudFuze’s re-try mechanism will resume migration after complying with the waiting period specified at source or destination cloud.
Certain files not migrated. CloudFuze’s auto-try mechanism will re-initiate migration for any file that has gone into conflict.
Updating incremental changes made at the source cloud during migration. CloudFuze offers delta migration as per client’s needs to sync the incremental changes.

5. Steps to Transfer Files From Google Drive to OneDrive for Business

Firstly, you need to create a CloudFuze account to access CloudFuze’s cloud file transfer web app. You can submit your migration requirement details or may choose one of CloudFuze’s competitive price plans to get started.

Alternatively, you may sign up for the free trial to test the service. If you are planning to migrate bulk data from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business, we recommend getting in touch with us for a smooth and hassle-free managed migration.

Here are the steps to migrate Google Drive to OneDrive for Business with CloudFuze.

Step 1: Create a CloudFuze Account

Go to CloudFuze’s webapp and create an account. CloudFuze offers a free trial for users who wish to test and see how the app works.
Login

Step 2: Add Google Workspace Account

CloudFuze needs your clouds to be added to facilitate Google Drive to OneDrive for Business migration.

As a part of it, click on the Google Drive logo from the “Business Clouds” list.
Add Google My Drive

Step 3: Enter Google Workspace Admin Login Credentials

Now, enter Google Workspace admin login credentials and click on the “Next” button.
Log into Google Workspace

Step 4: Provide Account Access to CloudFuze

Click on the “Allow” button to complete the cloud addition process.

Note: CloudFuze can’t save your data or passwords as we use OAuth. Read more about CloudFuze’s security.

Allow Google Drive access

Step 5: Now, Add OneDrive for Business

Click on the OneDrive for Business logo that you see in the “Business Clouds” list. A pop-up will then open where you need to enter OneDrive for Business account details.
Add OneDrive for Business

Step 6: Authorize OneDrive for Business Account

Enter Microsoft 365 admin login details and authorize the cloud.
Authorize OneDrive for Business Account

Step 7: Provide Access to CloudFuze

Click on the “Allow” button to give CloudFuze the required access. CloudFuze requires access to map users and data for migration.
Provide Access to CloudFuze

Step 8: Verify Cloud Addition Process

Click on the “Clouds” icon in the web app’s navigation menu and then go the “Manage Clouds” tab. You should be able to see both Google Workspace and OneDrive for Business accounts added here.
Verify Cloud Addition Process

Step 9: Start the Migration Process

Click on the “Teams Migration” icon in the menu. In the next few steps, you need to choose a few migration options.
Start the Migration Process

Step 10: Choose Source and Destination Accounts

Choose Google Drive as the source and OneDrive for Business as the destination cloud.
Choose Source and Destination Accounts

Step 11: Map the Users

CloudFuze has a built-in auto-mapping feature that automatically matches source and destination users based on their email aliases.

Select the users that you want to migrate and click on the “Next” button. Alternatively, you can use the CSV method for custom mapping and to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.

Map the Users

Step 12: Select Users

Now, select all the users that you want to migrate from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.

For the demo purpose, we chose only one user for data migration.

Select Users

Step 13: Choose Migration Job Name and Others

In this page, you can select a few options such as naming the migration job, migration type, additional email notifications, etc. Configure all of them and click on the “Next” button.
Choose Migration Job Name and Others

Step 14: Initiate the Migration

Preview the migration choices and then click on the “Start Migration” button.
Initiate the Migration

Step 15: File Transfer is in Progress

In-Progress” status indicates that the file transfer process is currently going on. You can pause the migration or cancel it altogether if you want by clicking on the “Pause” or “Cancel” icons.
File Transfer Is in Progress

Step 16: Migration Has Been Completed

Once all the files are migrated, the status will be changed to “Completed” and “Processed.”
Migration Has Been Completed
These steps will transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.

6. Google Drive to OneDrive for Business Migration FAQ

1. Since OneDrive does not support Google files, how will they be transferred?

CloudFuze transfers Google files as respective Microsoft files to OneDrive for Business. For example, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Docs will be transferred as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word documents.

2. How are comments transferred from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business?

CloudFuze transfers comments from the source cloud (Google Drive) to the destination cloud (OneDrive for Business) via CSV files.

3. Which file timestamp to migrate: created time or modified time?

Depending on your company’s requirement, you can choose the creation timestamp or modification timestamp when migrating with CloudFuze.

4. Is it better to move or copy files from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business?

There are several benefits to copying files than moving them. With a copy-and-paste action, your company can resume the everyday operations within the source cloud. Also, copying files helps you cross-check partial or entire data after the migration is finished.

5. What to do if the transfer rate throttles during the migration?

The larger the data size, the higher the odds of transfer rate throttling. In most cases, it’s the cloud service provider that throttles the transfer rate due to high volume data transfer.

Therefore, it’s important to abide by the waiting time that the cloud service provider sets. CloudFuze’s re-try mechanism will reinitiate the migration after the waiting time is over.

6. Which permission to migrate to OneDrive: Root folder or sub folder permissions?

With CloudFuze, you can migrate root folder as well as sub folder permissions to OneDrive for Business. This essentially means that root folder files as well as sub folder files’ permissions will be migrated.

7. What is the safest way to migrate data from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business?

CloudFuze, by default, offers a highly safe Google Drive to OneDrive for Business migration. It uses REST API calls and therefore doesn’t have access to the actual data of your company. Also, by using the OAuth protocol, CloudFuze does not have access to your company’s user account credentials.

With CloudFuze, you also have the option to download the migration platform as a standalone program and run it in your company’s data center.

8. Will working at the source cloud during the migration not have any negative effect?

No. CloudFuze performs the entire data migration in the background to make it simple and hassle-free for your company to work on the source cloud while the migration is in progress. No data will be affected when working at the source cloud during CloudFuze’s migration.

9. What are some of the gotchas to factor in before starting the migration?

The most important factor to consider is to do as much proactive work as you can prior to starting the migration. This is because getting everything right and initiating the migration will ensure hassle-free project completion rather than identifying loopholes during the migration and doing reactive work.

10. How to prepare company employees to work in the new cloud suite?

Prior to completely switching from Google Workspace to Microsoft 365 for Business (G Suite to Office 365), it’s best to provide employees with a basic level of training. Also, it’s important that all the employees log into their new Microsoft 365 accounts to activate their account.

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