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Move huge numbers of files into SharePoint with PowerShell

Move files into SharePoint – Introduction

SharePoint tutorials by Peter Kalmstrom

Office 2013 logoIn a series of articles Peter Kalmstrom, CEO of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions and Microsoft certified SharePoint specialist, describes the process of moving millions of Office files from a files server to SharePoint.

Move files into SharePoint tutorials

  • Introduction to the tutorials
  • Fileshare Inventory – what files do we have?
    Peter Kalmström uses PowerShell to make an inventory and outputs the results in a CSV file.
    This way he can give the client a graphical representation in Excel.
  • Convert old Office files into modern formats
    The script Peter uses converts the old .doc, .ppt
    and .xls files into the modern formats introduced with Office 2007 while keeping the old "last changed" date.
  • Create a SharePoint site collections
    Peter goes through a script that creates and resets site collections. When this is automated he can quickly show the client how different options will work.
  • Create SharePoint containers and paste files into them
    This is the actual moving of files. First Peter discusses different kinds of SharePoint containers and shows how they look in SharePoint. When the client has decided on what containers should be used, Peter can easily paste the files into their containers. These files will keep their metadata.

PowerShell iconEach tips article gives a written explanation, a video demonstration, at least one downloadable PowerShell script and a link to a blog post that discusses the same subject as the Tips article.

The four Tips articles build on Peter's session at the SharePoint Saturday in Stockholm in January 2014.

Stockholm SharePoint Saturday

Peter's session was very appreciated, and he was judged the second best of the 21 speakers after 96 % of his rates were positive. We hope the articles, demos and scripts will be useful to you also!

SharePoint session poll

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