How does Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive with Moderate Mode work?

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    Giorgio Del Grosso

    This desperately needs a picture...

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    Kyle Rinner

    Giorgio,

    Sorry about the confusion.  Maybe explaining it in a different way will help. Here is a brief explanation of the browsing modes (Note: Migrationwiz can only see folders/files under the migrating user's My Drive):
    -strict "default mode" - The user migrating must own the folder and file for it to migrate.
    -moderate - The user must own the folder for it to migrate and it will migrate all files in that folder regardless of the owner of the file.

    Thank you

    Kyle

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    Elena Nakhmanson

    Hi Kyle, 

    So, your explanation and this aricle itself has conflicting information. This documentation says that To migrate "Shared with Me" items, they must be added to "My Drive". 

    But even if we add it to My Drive, we don't become owners, so how will it be migrated? Can you please elaborate? 

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    Giorgio Del Grosso

    It seems the only workable mode is Moderate, which is not the default.   Even then you are left with a mess and folder fragmentation. This article really does still need some pictures to depict this confusing subject.  The tools should also be improved in their analysis to call out areas of data that are widely shared as OneDrive is not the best destination for such data.  Teams/SharePoint is.

    Ive had to use other tools to do detailed analysis on our environment.  Had I just relied on these we would have had a proper mess on our hands.

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    Brian Mair

    Hi Giorgio, we're in the midst of a G drive migration and would be very interested to know what tools you were able to find to help with your detailed analysis of your environment. Specifically, we're looking for a tool that would simply report on the folder and files in anyone's My Drive. Ideally the report would include folder/file name, size, last modified, owner, and shared with. So, just a simple report really.

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    Elena Nakhmanson

    HI Giorgio, I completely agree with you, this topic needs to be better explained, as not everybody are experts in both G Drive and OneDrive, in addition to knowing all MW advanced options and how MigrationWiz handles the mapping and permissions. MW should allow scanning and analysis to be done first, in addition to a report on what can't be migrated. 

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    Giorgio Del Grosso

    Hi Brian.  Feel free to email me resonate_1 at hotmail

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    Kyle Rinner

    Elena/Giorgio/Brian,

    You three are correct the way we migrate from Google Drive can be confusing.  The main issue is the Google and OneDrive do not store files/folders the same. This causes the fragmented folder structure in the destination.  I submitted a feature request to make Moderate mode the default.  We are currently working on rewriting this KB as well. 

    The main idea with Moderate mode is the end-users have all the folders they access and collaborate on listed under My Drive.  Only one user can own a folder so when you migrate all the users in your organization, all the folders will migrate for each user that owns that folder.  The permissions would be migrated as well and be shared out with other users that had access at the source.

    If you have any ideas that would help us improve the way we handle Google Drive migrations please let our product team know.  You can do this by performing the following steps: (These go directly to our Product Team)

    1) Sign in to your BitTitan account.
    2) In the upper right hand corner of the page, select Help.
    3) In the dropdown menu, select Product Feedback.
    4) Fill out the form and select Submit.

    Thank you

    Kyle

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