- Set up Windows Agent
- Windows migration specifics
To connect Windows as a source system, you need to perform the following steps:
- Download and register Windows Agent on your machine.
- Authenticate Box Shuttle using the provided key.
Set up Windows Agent
Windows Agent supports the following Windows versions:
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
- Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019/2022
The system requirements you need to fulfill are as follows:
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Download Windows Agent
- In Shuttle, click New Job and provide a unique name for the analysis or migration job.
- Select Windows.
Enter the Agent Name.
Click Next and copy the Authentication Key. You will need it to register the Windows Agent.
Register Windows Agent
- Install Windows Agent.
- In the pop-up window, provide the Agent Key you have copied before the installation and confirm. It may take some time to configure and register the Agent.
- Once the registration finishes, Windows Agent will appear as connected. You can now proceed with data analysis or migration.
Windows migration specifics
Renaming files and folders
Not all content management systems work the same. When it comes to folder names, here are the considerations for Box:
- No two folders within the same parent can have the same name. For example, the “Magical Creatures” folder can have only one “Unicorn” folder.
- File and folder names cannot have leading spaces. So “ Narwhals” will need to be renamed to “Narwhals.”
Also be aware that if Windows does not support certain characters in file names, you may have trouble working with those files via Box Drive. See the list of Windows file name restrictions. Here are some to consider:
- Folder names shouldn't be longer than 100 characters.
- File paths shouldn't be longer than 255 characters.
- Ensure that the folder name does not contain a backslash (\) or forward slash (/).
It's common for some lines of business, like finance teams, to leverage linked spreadsheets, or design teams to utilize programs that link disparate files together. These links typically reference another file using the path to that file. If one of the folder names in the path to that file changes or is moved during migration, the link will break. However, in some cases just migrating the file to a new system can break the link because the path includes the full path, all the way to the drive letter or server name (in the case of file servers, for example).
It is possible to use Box with linked files (configuring the default Box Drive folder location is an important part of this solution), but note that these links will need to be updated to reflect their new location in Box before they will work.
If you're concerned that the content you want to migrate has a lot of linked files, we recommend working with managed services to put together a plan for the migration.