Slack to Microsoft Teams Migration Checklist for IT Admins

In an era where remote work has become the standard, businessesmigrating from Slack to Teams has become even more critical. This is major because Microsoft Teams offers employees the applications they need to communicate effectively from various locations and devices without the fear of information silos or missed conversations. Despite the many benefits that the company gets by switching from Slack to Teams, it is crucial for IT Admins to understand the challenges they face while migrating from Slack to Teams.

Successful migration from Slack to Teams necessitates a proven method for migrating all your workspaces, channels, direct messages, users, chats, and files securely and completely.

Are you one of the companies planning to migrate from Slack to Microsoft Teams? Here is a comprehensive checklist for IT Admins to plan your Slack to MS Teams migration the right way and make it successful without any data loss.

1. Determine What Data to Move

Migrating from Slack to Teams means migrating workspaces, channels (public and private), direct messages, and users.
Slack to Microsoft Teams workspace
One of the first steps to consider before migrating data from Slack to Teams is to determine how much data your Slack business holds and which data is important for your business to migrate. A proper plan on which data to be moved can minimize a lot of your migration efforts, time, and cost.

2. Migrate Only Required Users

The process of user migration is simple. But the goal is to migrate all of your user data such as conversations, videos, emojis, @mentions, replies, timestamps, and files along with permissions to Teams with the least amount of disruption possible.
Slack to Microsoft Teams data

In some cases, you don’t need all Slack users of your company and their data to be migrated. This include:

  • User serving his notice period and will no longer be part of the company
  • The user has already left the organization and is no more part of the organization

In both the above cases, you don’t need to migrate users and data, saving you migration time and cost. But if it is essential to keep their data, map it to a different person in the company as you prefer.

Follow the steps below to check the total number of Slack users in your company.

1. Open Slack workspace and click on the workspace name

2. Select Tools and then Analytics from the drop-down menu
Slack WorkSpace Tools

3. Navigate to the Members tab from the Analytics and check the total number of users existing and the total data size by navigating to the Overview tab.
Peperwood Analytics

3. Ensure No Channel Is Archived

You must note that archived channels can’t be migrated. Your Slack business account has some archived channels, and you want all of them or a few to be migrated to Microsoft Teams. In such cases, ensure that you check all the archived channels from the admin account and unarchive the ones you want to migrate before you for the Slack to Teams migration.

Follow the steps below to check how to find archived channels and unarchive them.

1. Open your Slack workspace and click on “Channel browser”.
Channels Browser

2. Click on “Filter” and select “Archived channels” from the drop-down menu of “All channel types”.
Channel Browser

3. Now you will get the list of archived channels.

4. Click on the channel you want to archive.

5. Click on the channel name. Go to “Settings” and select “Unarchive this channel”.
Unarchive this channel

4. Admin Should Be Part of the Private Channels

The Slack workspace’s primary owner, owners, and admins can access private channels only if they are part of it. The migration of private channels from Slack to Teams using a third-party tool is carried out using Slack admin credentials. If the admin is not part of any private channel, it can’t be migrated. So, before you initiate migration from Slack to Teams, double-check that the admin is part of all the private channels to be migrated.

5. Choose the Best Slack to Teams Migration Partner

The migration service provider you choose for your Slack to Teams migration decides what can be migrated and what can’t be migrated. Choose a migration servicethat can migrate:

  • Direct Messages
  •  Private Channels
  • Public Channels
  • Users
  • Conversations
  • Emojis
  • Timestamps
  • User Mentions
  • Files
  • Videos
  • Attachments
  • Replies

Also, don’t just go for a migration service that can move all the above data, but check the experience and performance of the tool in handling complex migration with no data errors. Check different tools available in the market, compare the features and pricing. Most importantly, run multiple migration tests using the tool before going for it.

However, an IT Admin would require a dedicated migration team to take care of the entire migration process and ensure nothing goes wrong.

Reach out the Slack to Team migration experts, schedule a demo migration today, and make a risk-free migration to Microsoft Teams.

Determine What Data to Move

Analyze the data and decide on the data (Workspaces, Direct Messages, Channels) to be migrated.

Migrate Only Required Users

Check the user group and migrate users working with the organization.

Ensure No Channel Is Archived

Archived channels can’t be migrated. So, unarchive the channels before you initiate migration.

Admin Should Be Part of the Private Channels

Private channels to which admin is part of it only get migrated.