Watchpoints and best practices for Box

Before you begin to migrate content from Box®, make sure you review the G Suite Migrate best practices. Then, familiarize yourself with the following points. 

Watchpoint Best practices
G Suite Migrate version If you are running a version of G Suite Migrate earlier than version, you need to update the platform and nodes before you migrate data from Box. Updating to a newer version of G Suite Migrate won't wipe any existing settings. For details, see Upgrade the software

File versions—The default settings template for Box includes file versions. However, this can overload the Box API. The standard API quotas for Box are low, so additional load might impact migration timelines more than other connectors.

Carefully consider the importance of migrating revisions. Decide if the increased migration time is worthwhile.

Box API Quotas—Monthly quota levels for the Box API might be too restrictive when migrating large enterprises.

Assess the size and complexity of your migration, along with your existing Box API quota levels, to ensure you can complete your migration in a timely manner. If monthly quota levels are insufficient, we recommend requesting an API quota increase. You can make a request by contacting Box support.

Large User Accounts—In Box, single user accounts often contain a significant portion of the overall content for an organization. These large single users (50,000 files or more) might require additional configuration and planning for migration to Google Drive.

Use a sharding users list to spread the migration load among many user accounts.

To determine the number of user accounts to add to the list, use the larger value of: 

  • One account per 50,000 files that are being migrated to Drive
  • 10 accounts per node 

We recommend you set up temporary G Suite users for your sharding users list. Then, delete the users after you complete the migration. For details, see Create a sharding users list

Managed User Account Migrations—In Box, Managed User Accounts are generally how regular users within an enterprise use Box.

G Suite Migrate does not support data migrations from a single Managed User Account. 

Plan to migrate all accounts through a single enterprise administrator migration.

Shared drives—You can’t migrate content to a user's My Drive and a shared drive in one migration. You must run these migrations separately.

If you’re migrating to shared drives, you must use a shared drives settings template. Learn more about settings templates.
Access level in Drive—If you're migrating content to Google Drive, the target user must have the correct access level before you start the migration. Make sure that the target user specified in the mapping has the appropriate access level in Drive:
  • If you're migrating data to a shared drive, the user needs to be a Content manager or Manager of the shared drive. 
  • If you're migrating data to a folder in a user’s My Drive, the user must be an owner of the folder.

Next step

Now it's time to set up a Box connection. To get started, see Add or edit a Box connection.