[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey, folks. This is Roy on screen. This is--
My name is Ghazwan. And we have Bryan Patton. And we're all from Quest.
We're going to be talking about-- you know what, Roy? I was doing a-- I was sitting on a webcast where we were helping out a customer do a migration from their file shares to OneDrive. And the consultant had opened up Essentials and opened up the pre-migration analysis component of Essentials. And I thought, oh my god. I have to tell every single customer about this little utility that we have, because it really helped reduce the planning and pre-migration time that you can put into things so that you're executing migrations on time and you're efficient doing it. So my question to you is, can you tell us a little bit about the pre-migration analysis that's built into Essentials, and what it can do?
Sure. Yeah, absolutely. So Essentials is cool because it has a variety of pre-migration analysis reports built into it. The two notable ones are based on source, whether you're coming from a so-called familiar SharePoint territory and moving to 365, or whether you're coming from maybe a file system. And in both situations, the idea behind the pre-migration analysis reporting is to give you information that's going to be relevant to that specific use case of moving from that particular source into the 365 paradigm.
So while there's tons of things that'll give you reports that we even sell-- so I can probably cite Enterprise Reporter and things like that to give you information about file systems. But when it comes to moving that data to the 365 target, now we need to know things along the lines of is this content-- am I going to have to-- am I going to run into issues with file path links? Am I going to run into a blocked file extensions? Am I going to run into all these very, very specific and unique factors that come into play with the 365 and, specifically, SharePoint Online world?
We can kind of pinpoint those and target those to-- I mean, the whole goal of it all is to prepare you as an operator for the remediation that will very likely be necessary when transforming from that file share paradigm to the Office 365 world. So, yeah.
And Roy, I have a question for you as well. I'm just thinking about all the different data that you're moving to this new system. What's the most common time period where our customers say, you know what? We don't want any data that's older than X day? What day do you usually see?
Well, that's kind of up in the air, right? So it changes, obviously, from client to client. But generally-- I mean these days it's like this quarter or this past two quarters because right now, everyone's trying to move for the pandemic to get off online, get to the online paradigm. So the most critical data is going to be defined by the need of the company. But generally speaking, a quarter or two, past half fiscal year, or something along those lines. But again, it changes, depending.
And Roy, just for those who don't know, so what's the output of that file that we're producing from a pre-migration analysis?
Yeah, so today-- and the product that I'm referring to, which is called Essentials for Office 365, we put that out in CSV format. And it's cool though because it's like enriched CSV so that you get like a rag report style scenario. So you see reds, ambers, and greens.
Red is stuff that just flat-out isn't going to move very easily, if at all. Ambers are things you're probably going to have to take some sort of steps to remediate or mitigate in mid-flight. And then green this stuff that's just going to come across no problem. And there's lots of different factors that play into what defines red, amber, and green. And you have total control over those. So it's a pretty cool, dynamic little system. And at least in our experience so far, it's been very helpful for when people use it.
Yeah, I was surprised when I saw the results when we ran it in their environment. I was like, everything is right there. You go from knowing nothing about the environment to all of a sudden, oh, I see what my problems are going to be. And then you can obviously start going to the path of, what do I do about it?
Roy, you mentioned Enterprise Reporter. You mentioned file reporting. So Bryan, I know that's not the focus. But in Enterprise Reporter, we do have some pre-migration reporting. And we do have some file reporting as well. So not sure if you want to address the file reporting from a pre-migration, or just pre-migration, reporting, and Enterprise program in general?
Yeah, so depending on the different type of migration, there are different reports I would want to run. If I'm doing an AD to AD migration, I want to find out where do we duplicate users? Where do we have duplicate groups? Duplicate computer names across the different ports that may be migrating? And talking about the context of data, I may just want to have a better understanding of what file types do we have out there? We do have the storage analysis piece where I can some different visualizations of different unused data, or data that has been used in X period of time. Where do I have MPEG files, JPEG files, other things that you may see and identify as against your organizational policy, you can identify that. So you can create your criteria, stuff that you might just want to leave behind in the legacy environment so you can migrate just what is relevant to the existing business today.
Yeah, and you know what? The value and the power of what Quest can bring to the table is the fact that we are talking about file share to Office 365 pre-migration analysis work. And we're also talking about Active Directory to Active Directory pre-migration analysis work. We really span the Microsoft platform end to end. So that's--
Wait, Ghazwan. Just something to point out-- not everybody is going to move completely to Microsoft 365. So if you want to answer the question, where does Ghazwan have access to both by on-premises file servers or NAS devices? As well as OneDrive for Business, we can kind of correlate and pair that different data together for you as well.
Correct, yeah. Cool. Well, I appreciate both of your time.