Migrating to the Cloud


There are two methods for migrating to the cloud:

Automated Migration

Configuring preferences and file rules for the migration to be saved to a configuration file.

Interactive Migration

Configuring migrations, including editing file rules and preferences, as well as executing the process.

Configuring the Migration

The user does not need any elevated rights in order to run OnRamp. Files that the user can access can be transferred to the cloud.

Specifying Files to Migrate

OnRamp comes with default file rules to migrate Office Documents to the cloud. These can be used with no further changes, or the file rules may be edited and new rules created. See File Rules section for more details.

Setting Preferences

The default Preferences in OnRamp are appropriate in most cases. Depending on specific migration to the cloud requirements these may be modified.

Interactive Migration

For an interactive migration, once preferences and file rules have been configured, ensure the user is logged into their cloud account.

Click the Start Migration button to initiate the migration. The 'Active Session' pane displays progress during the transfer.

After completion of the transfer, clicking the View Migration Log to display the log for the transfer.

Command-Line Migration

The command used to perform a migration from the command-line is /AUTOTRANSFER. Please see the Automation section for more details.

Ongoing Migration

Using the 'Duplicate File Handling' Preference setting 'Overwrite if newer', users may continually migrate to the cloud while still using their original file locations on their computer. This can be useful if users want to keep a copy of their files in the cloud as a backup without utilizing a cloud sync tool, or for gradually moving users to the cloud to avoid the network load that would occur when moving large numbers of users at the same time.

OnRamp is not intended to be a full-featured backup solution. Limitations include:
- Files deleted from the source system are still present in the cloud.
- Files renamed on the source system are treated as unique files in subsequent transfers. Both the original and renamed file become part of the users cloud folder.
- OnRamp does not perform differential backups. When a file is changed the entire new version of the file is migrated to the cloud.