Migrating to G Suite: Calendars

Like contacts, G Suite’s migration tool can only import calendars from MS Exchange systems. But, also like contacts, this is a pretty trivial process.

Start by exporting each of your existing calendars in iCal (.ics) format – instructions for doing this from Google Calendar can be found here.

Google’s instructions for calendar importing can be found here – I suggest first creating empty calendars in GCal for each of your original ones in – that way, when you use the import tool to upload each of your iCal files, you can specify which empty calendar to import the data into (note the “add to calendar” drop-down in the screen shot below).

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Migrating to G Suite: Contacts

Strangely, G Suite’s migration tool (mentioned in my previous post) can only import contacts from Microsoft Exchange – no ability to grab them from other GMail or G Suite accounts.

Fortunately, contact migration is very simple: I was already using Google Contacts to store my contact information, but this is an easy task regardless of what tool you’re coming from – simply export your contact collection from your current tool (typically as a CSV file) and then import in to your G Suite account’s contact app.

Google’s documentation on exporting/importing contacts can be found here.

CAVEAT

One thing I ran in to, which may be unique to me, was some contact record duplication where the only difference between the two records was that one of them would have a malformed zip code – I often store zip codes in “+4” format (yeah, I’m that nerd) and a few duplicate contacts were created where that four-digit extension got thrown in to the address field for some silly reason.

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Migrating to G Suite: E-Mail

This actually wound up being very easy, primarily because my existing email uses IMAP – it turns out that G Suite’s Migration tool – a part of the Google Admin console – is able to import e-mail from any of the following sources:

  • GMail or G Suite
  • GoDaddy
  • MS Exchange 2003 or later
  • IMAP

All I had to do was to follow these instructions. The migration itself can take a long time, depending on the size of your e-mail collection.

One thing to keep in mind: if the e-mail service provided by your ISP is POP3, it may be worth your effort to get in touch with them and inquire about getting moved to an IMAP service just for the sake of being able to accomplish this migration.

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