U-M moving from Box to Dropbox this spring/summer

March 17, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Michigan Medicine, along with main campus, will migrate its cloud data storage from U-M Box to U-M Dropbox beginning this spring.

Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, emailed the announcement to faculty and staff on March 12.  

U-M Box will go away on Dec. 1. At that time, all accounts in the U-M tenet will be deactivated. Information and Technology Services launched U-M Dropbox last summer with the goal of replacing U-M Box this year.  

Faculty and staff will migrate to U-M Dropbox on a rolling basis, based on their unit, using a migration tool to move documents, folders and permissions with internal collaborators. The process is expected to start for some in the spring term, and for others it will likely extend into the summer.

To ensure all users know when and how to migrate their data, each department should designate a Unit Ambassador to lead their unit’s transition out of Box. A Unit Ambassador will act as a liaison between the ITS project team and their department, and notify faculty and staff in their unit when it is time to migrate their data.

ITS is providing ambassadors with communications materials, monthly update meetings and weekly office hours. To designate a Unit Ambassador, email their name and department to Box-Retirement-Project@umich.edu.

ITS is also encouraging all university community members to prepare for the migration by taking the following steps: 

  • Create a U-M Dropbox account if you don’t already have one.
  • Clean up your U-M Box account by deleting unnecessary files and folders.
  • Wait to hear from your unit’s representative — Unit Ambassador — about the self-service migration tool before attempting to move any files or folders

For more information about the migration, visit the U-M Box Retirement website.

Website: https://its.umich.edu/computing/backup-storage/box-retirement-project

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