NOTE: If you want to migrate an individual Dropbox account, please check the following support note: How to migrate all files from Dropbox to Google Drive (single user).

To migrate Dropbox for Business accounts to Google G Suite Drive accounts you need setup migration of the following:

  • prepare Dropbox for Business
  • prepare Google G Suite
  • install cloudHQ on G Suite domain
  • install cloudHQ on Dropbox for Business
  • migrate individual user data (their private data and shared folders created by them)
  • optionally, if you want to migrate Dropbox team folders into Google Team Drive, then you need to also set up the migration of company team folders

Dropbox for Business Preparation

Google G Suite preparation

Install cloudHQ on your G Suite domain

This will authorize cloudHQ to access your Google G Suite domain.

Install cloudHQ on Dropbox for Business

This will authorize cloudHQ to access your Dropbox for Business.

  • Go to https://www.cloudHQ.net/services and click the “Dropbox for Business” icon:Users_and_Cloud_Accounts_-_cloudHQ
  • Authorize your Dropbox for Business admin email and follow the wizard steps:Authorize Dropbox for Business admin account
    Dropbox for Business domain

    Add Dropbox for Business accounts
    Add Dropbox for Business accounts

    Dropbox for Business successfully authorized
    Admin_console

 

Migrate individual users

First, you need to set up the migration for your users. This means that data of Dropbox user1 one will migrate to Google Drive accounts for user1, data of Dropbox user2 will be migrated to Google Drive account of user2, etc. Also all sharing done by user1 in Dropbox will be replicated to Google Drive. So you need to create one-way sync pairs that look like this:

Dropbox (bob@acme.com)   ->  Google Drive (bob@acme.com)
Dropbox (alice@acme.com) ->  Google Drive (alice@acme.com)
Dropbox (chad@acme.com)  ->  Google Drive (chad@acme.com)
...

The above sync pairs will create one-way sync of each Dropbox account to a corresponding Google Drive account (Dropbox account bob@acme.com will be migrated to Google Drive account bob@acme.com, Dropbox account alica@acme.com will be migrated to Google Drive account alice@acme.com, and so on). The data will be migrated, and it will also be kept in sync, allowing you a seamless transition.

cloudHQ will also replicate all sharing information and permissions from Dropbox to Google Drive.

It is important that created sync pair have the following:

  1. All sync pairs must have the following setting:

    • Sync only files I own (skip all files and folders which are shared with me) must be enabled
      This means that sync pair for user bob@acme.com will migrate only and only Dropbox files and folders owned by bob@acme.com.
    • Replicate sharing meta-data must be enabled
      This means that sync pair for user bob@acme.com will also migrate sharing metadata when a file or folder is migrated (copied) from Dropbox to Google Drive. So if file X is shared with alice@acme.com on Dropbox then the file X will be shared with alice@acme.com on Google Drive.
  2. All sync pairs must have the following two options disabled:
    Sync Google Team Drives (Business Plan required)
    Sync Dropbox Team Folders (Business Plan required)
  3. If you decide to migrate Dropbox team (shared) folders to corresponding Google Drive Team Drives, then you will need exclude these folders from the sync pairs.

Now, you can migrate Dropbox for Business accounts to Google G Suite Drive accounts.

  • Go to https://www.cloudhq.net/multi_setup_wizard?prompt_auth=true:
    it_admin_or_single_user_wizard_-_cloudhq
  • Select Back up or Sync for Multiple Users:
    it_admin_sync_or_share_wizard_-_cloudhq
  • Click “Switch to Migrate” button:
    Google Apps
  • Click the Dropbox for Business icon:
    Google Apps
  • Select users:
    Google Apps
  • Click the Google Drive icon.
  • Verify the sync pairs:
  • Click “Finish” to start the sync.
  • Do not change the settings of the created sync pairs since it is important that created sync pair have the following:
    1. All sync pairs must have Sync only files I own (skip all files and folders which are shared with me) enabled
    2. All sync pairs must have the following two options disabled:
      Sync Google Team Drives (Business Plan required)
      Sync Dropbox Team Folders (Business Plan required)

Migrating Dropbox team folders to Google Team Drive folders

If you decide to migrate Dropbox team folders to Google Drive team folder then you need also create additional sync pairs that will map these Dropbox team folders to Google Team Drive folders.

To set up migration from Dropbox team folder to Google Drive team folder, the admin needs to create single user sync pairs from Dropbox team folders to Google Team Drive folder.

Dropbox (admin@acme.com)/Team Folder X ->  Google Drive (admin@acme.com)/Team Drives/Team Drive X
Dropbox (admin@acme.com)/Team Folder Y ->  Google Drive (admin@acme.com)/Team Drives/Team Drive Y
Dropbox (admin@acme.com)/Team Folders/Team Folder Z ->  Google Drive (admin@acme.com)/Team Drives/Team Drive Z
...

The sync pairs for migrating shared folder must have the following setting:

  1. Replicate sharing meta-data must be enabled
  2. This means that sync pair for user admin@acme.com will also migrate sharing metadata of all files. So if file X is shared with alice@acme.com on Dropbox then the file X will be shared with alice@acme.com on Google Drive.

To that start the single user wizard as described in the following support note: How to sync Dropbox and Google Drive

Note that folders “Team Folder X”, “Team Folder Y”, etc. must be then excluded for sync pairs which migrate private data
NOTE: It is important that sync admin accounts of Dropbox and Google Drive since these accounts have full access to all Google Team Drives and Dropbox team folders..