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Migrate Google Workspace to Microsoft 365 with MigrationWiz

Winter break is once again on the horizon. If you’re running IT at an educational institution, you may be dreaming of a few weeks on a quiet campus where you can tackle some of your bigger projects. While students and faculty are at home, it’s a good time for system upgrades that will enhance collaboration, access, and security. Many colleges, universities, and school systems are planning winter break migrations to move or consolidate tenants and even adopt new collaboration platforms.

If you’re using Google Workspace, MigrationWiz is the tool you need for migrating a wide variety of workloads: Mailboxes, documents, archives, and even collaboration platforms. You can take advantage of low education pricing to move from one Google instance to another, or from Google Workspace to Microsoft Teams. MigrationWiz handles all these workloads:

  • Gmail and Vault, including inbox, folders/labels, email, muted emails, contacts, calendars, and calendar notifications.
  • Drive, including files, folders, permissions, document history, comments, and more.
  • Shared Drives, including documents, permissions, versions, and metadata.

Great education pricing is one thing, but when you’re planning a migration, you should never skimp on experience, capabilities, and security. That’s why BitTitan has been the choice of educational institutions for more than 13 years.

Experienced experts are here to help

BitTitan has migrated thousands of students, faculty, and staff at hundreds of educational institutions all around the globe. While MigrationWiz is known for being intuitive and easy to use, you never have to go it alone, especially if your project is more complex. Our world-class Customer Success team are dedicated migration experts who can help you plan your project.

In fact, now is the perfect time to call so we can connect you with team members who have extensive experience in educational environments – including implementing complex Google Workspace migrations.

Fast, easy, and flexible

Educational institutions choose MigrationWiz because it’s fully automated and 100% SaaS. In fact, if you were expecting to sprint around campus in order to complete your migration, you may have to get your exercise some other way. With MigrationWiz you simply initiate your migration from one centralized dashboard, then use DeploymentPro – which is included – to automate Outlook configuration.

Don’t be fooled, though. Easy doesn’t mean basic. MigrationWiz is highly customizable with advanced options that give you full control over your migration. You’re always in charge of timing, testing, setup, and execution. You can also use project sharing to involve team members across departments for greater visibility and collaboration throughout the migration.

Top security with Azure datacenters

Security is top priority for every migration project, especially in educational settings. You’re responsible for protecting personal information from students and faculty, as well as proprietary documents and research. You must be able to ensure every bit of data is safe throughout the migration process. With MigrationWiz you get the extra security of Azure datacenters. And, your data is always encrypted and never stored.

With BitTitan by your side, you can get a lot done over winter break. So when faculty, staff, and students return, they might not even notice because they’ll be able to get started with the new semester without any disruptions.

If you’re ready to implement a migration, there’s still time to put a plan in place. Contact us today to find out about education pricing for MigrationWiz and to learn how we can help make your migration a success.

This is where tools like MigrationWiz comes in, filling that gap very nicely. In this video I take a migration of Google Workspace into Microsoft 365 and perform the migration with the BitTitan MigrationWiz toolset. Showing you through each of the following steps.

  • Exporting of Userlists out of Google
  • Creation of a Migration Spreadsheet
  • Importing Users into Microsoft 365 and licensing
  • Setting up the Project in Migration Wiz
  • Preparing the Google Workspace environment to allow migration
  • Setting up the Microsoft 365 to receive data and configure the permission required
  • Performing the credential checks and the migration tests
  • Looking at the advanced options around a migration of this sort
  • Explaining the fundamentals around Pre-Stage and Full Migration techniques
  • Perform the Pre-Migration
  • Showing the effect on the M365 mailbox as the migration starts
  • Perform the cutover of the MX records
  • Show the DNS tracker in the Worlds DNS servers
  • Perform the Full Migration
  • Confirm the data is over for Mail, Calendar and Contacts

You will see that in some areas of the migration, there is still a need to have good solid knowledge of the technical workings of both Google and Microsoft, but the actual migrations themselves can be handed off to others. It’s the setup and configuration that requires the most work.


In the video I make reference to some PowerShell code to create the users and to provision the users in Microsoft 365. Here is the ‘Excel’ formula that creates the users and can provision the OneDrive’s.

="new-msoluser -displayname """ & A2 & " " & B2 & """ -firstname """ & A2 & """ -lastname """ & B2 & """ -userprincipalname """ & C2 & """ -usagelocation US -licenseassignment tcge5demo:DEVELOPERPACK_E5"

When you put those in the spreadsheet that you created in the video by downloading the user list from Google, in column ‘K’, it will end up creating the PowerShell command that looks something like this.

new-msoluser -displayname "Ellie Fredricksen" -firstname "Ellie" -lastname "Fredricksen" -userprincipalname "" -usagelocation US -licenseassignment tcge5demo:DEVELOPERPACK_E5

And in column L, the OneDrive provision formula

="Request-SPOPersonalSite -UserEmails """ & C2 & """"

This will create the code that looks like this

Request-SPOPersonalSite -UserEmails ""

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