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Best data migration strategy from Dynamics CRM 2011 to CRM 2016 on-premise

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Hi guys. 

We have currently carried out the CRM migration process from 2011 to 2016 on-premises in a controlled environment. However during the upgrade process step by step recommended by microsoft. Starting in 2011, 2013, 2015 and finally 2016, a long time has elapsed (several weeks) and the data in 2016 is out of date. 1. Where it was installed CRM 2013 and cloned the crm 2011 DB and went through the import process to 2013 and then within this same server using DB 2013 it was brought to 2015. Now we have on another server the DB 2015 migrated to 2016 and everything perfect, however the big problem here is the updating of the data. Any ideas or experience that can help us find a strategy to do it successfully?

Note: At this time the CRM 2011 environment is still productive and for now the UAT team is testing the CRM 2016 environment with slightly outdated data and when we have to deploy to production it will be necessary for the data to be updated in CRM 2016.

We appreciate yoru support or ideas. Thanks!!

  • luiking85 Profile Picture
    luiking85 20 on at
    RE: Best data migration strategy from Dynamics CRM 2011 to CRM 2016 on-premise

    In definitely I think it is the best way to maintain data integrity. Thanks Andrew!

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    a33ik 84,313 Super User on at
    RE: Best data migration strategy from Dynamics CRM 2011 to CRM 2016 on-premise

    Hello,

    I had exactly a similar project when I had to migrate from CRM 2011 to CRM 8.2. In order to make it happen I used the following strategy:

    1. I created the following separated environments - 1 instance of 2013, 1 instance of 2015 and 1 instance of 8.2 (that's the new production).

    2. I performed the migration over the weekend. Created the backup of 2011, imported it to 2013, created backup of 2013, imported to 2015, created backup of 2015 and imported to 2016. I took me both days to perform the migration and apply changes to the code to address differences in API.

  • RE: Best data migration strategy from Dynamics CRM 2011 to CRM 2016 on-premise

    When are you going to move the users?  You should have migrated them at each step of upgrade.  If you don't you will have this problem forever.

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