Important: make sure the libraries and folders are named exactly as the old site prior to uploading the data into the new SharePoint site.

WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.

To migrate your SharePoint site, you need to create a WebDAV connection for source SharePoint sites. To create a WebDAV connection to your SharePoint site, follow the steps below for your operating system:

For Windows 8/10:

  1. Open My Computer/This PC folder. Make sure you are on the Computer tab and select Map Network Drive.

    Map Network Drive

  2. When the Map Network Drive wizard appears, enter your SharePoint site URL (for example, https://accountname.domainname.com) then click Finish.

    SharePoint site URL

  3. You will be prompted for a username and password. Use your SharePoint login credentials.

    Windows Security Prompt

  4. Once these steps have been completed, the networked drive should open in Windows Explorer.

    Network Drive in Windows Explorer

For Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Open the Map Network Drive wizard. You can do this in any of the following ways:
    • Open a folder in Windows Explorer and click Tools, then Map Network Drive.
    • Open the Network and Sharing Center in Windows control panel and click Tools, then Map Network Drive.
    • Right-click on the desktop icons for Computer or Network, then click Map Network Drive.

    Map Network Drive

    Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures

  2. When the Map Network Drive wizard opens, enter the domain name of your SharePoint site (for example, https://accountname.domainname.com) and click Finish.

    Enter your SharePoint site URL

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  3. You will be prompted for a username and password. Use your SharePoint login credentials.

  4. Once these steps have been completed, the networked drive should open in Windows Explorer.

    Network drive in Windows Explorer

To connect, go to Computer and double-click the connection you created under Network Connections.

For Mac OS:

Unfortunately, it is not possible to work with SharePoint documents through WebDAV on Mac OS. The common scenario is: you can connect successfully, however, you cannot copy or edit documents on the site. This occurs because Mac OS requires Basic Authentication to be enabled on the site to manage files and folders. In the hosted Exchange environment, we have Integrated Windows authentication enabled and cannot change this setting because of security risks.

However, there is a workaround for connecting to a SharePoint site on Mac OS. This application is called Microsoft Document Connection.
Note: Make sure that Office 2008 for Mac is upgraded to Office 2008 for Mac SP2 (version 12.2.0). To do this, use Microsoft AutoUpdate. Microsoft Document Connection is not available in Office 2016 for Mac.

To set up a connection:

  1. Go to Finder > Microsoft Office 2008 or Microsoft Office 2011 and open Microsoft Document Connection.

    Microsoft Document Connection

  2. Click Add Location > Connect to a SharePoint site.

    Add Location

    Connect to a SharePoint site

  3. Enter the settings to connect:
    • Address: SharePoint URL which you can find in HostPilotĀ® Control Panel > SharePoint.
      Note: Make sure you have https:// in the field since by default it is set to http://.
    • Authentication: Username and Password.
      Note: If this type of authentication is not set up by default you can navigate to Preferences and select Enable Basic Authentication option.
    • Username: your full email address.
    • Password: your password.

    Document Connection

  4. Click Connect and the site will appear under SharePoint on the left-side menu.

  5. Click on the site to see its structure and navigate within it.

    Document Navigation

Once WebDAV connection is set up, follow the steps:

  • Create all of the libraries that the old site has in new site via the web browser.
  • Drag and drop files from WebDAV connection of old site into new site’s proper library.

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