What is discovery?

The discovery service is used to collect user and group identity and properties for the purposes of migration preparation.


What is discovered?

When discovery is complete, it will have collected all user, group, and contact information within the configured Azure directory environments. It will use this data based on project configuration to find matching objects between environments for the purposes of data migration and synchronization.


When does discovery occur?

The Power365 Directory Discovery Service runs by default every twenty-four (24) hours. This frequency may be changed as needed.


Should I change the default discovery frequency?

After the initial discovery has successfully completed, subsequent discovery jobs will be deltas, which are quicker. Monitor the time it takes to run a delta sync. If the total discovery time exceeds 24 hrs., adjust the frequency to fit the environment size. The more directory objects, the more time a discovery will take. Be sure the initial discovery completed successfully. Otherwise, each new discovery job will run a full discovery again.


When can I run discovery?

The Power365 Directory Discovery Service may be run at any time by an authorized project administrator.


How do I run discovery?

To manually start the discovery process, follow these steps.

  1. Click the drop-down menu located in the top left corner.

  2. Click the Discovery link from menu.

  3. Hover over the desired tenant environment.
  4. Click RUN DISCOVERY to begin the process.


Can I suspend discovery?

Yes, the Power365 Directory Discovery Service can be disabled at any time by an authorized project administrator. Click DISABLE for the desired tenant while in the discovery management page.


How do I suspend discovery?

To manually disable all future discoveries, follow these steps.

  1. Click the drop-down menu located in the top left corner.

  2. Click the Discovery link from menu.

  3. Hover over the desired tenant environment.
  4. Click DISABLE to stop all future the processes.


When should I disable discovery?

In most cases, discovery services should not be disabled during an active project. Inactive projects can either be archived if they are no longer required, which will end all related services, or the discovery service can be disabled until the project becomes active.

It is recommended that discovery services be disabled before a Domain Cutover event is started. For more information about Domain Cutovers, review this help article.


Is there a discovery log?

Yes, Power365 provides authorized administrators access to the discovery and tenant logs. To download the logs, simply navigate to the DISCOVERY section from your project dashboard then click the LOGS link for the desired environment.


After discovery has ran, is there a report?

Yes, after the initial discovery is complete there is a discovery report designed to help with migration planning.


What is in the discovery report?

The purpose of the discovery report is to provide an overall view of your environment’s data size and scope to help with migration planning.

Pages 1 – 3 focus on data derived from the designated source tenant environment(s). Providing an easy view of data in scope and user averages across different workloads. Data includes mailboxes, archives, OneDrive/OneNote files and other shared resources like, Office 365 Groups. You may also filter collections of data based on the desired project, on the tenants needed or by project type.

Page 4 goes beyond the scope of only the source environments. During discovery, Power365 collects all tenant environment information required to prepare for migration activities. This page lists all configured projects, all accepted domains, discovery history and tenant details to help keep track of all the different projects and environments configured. Select an item in any table to filter the other tables. For example, when selecting a single project, only the domains related to that project will be displayed.

Pages 5 – 8 provide exportable lists of directory objects by type and their corresponding known properties. Additional filter options are available based on object types. You can easily export all your environment data for migration planning and tracking activities.

Please note, all filters selected on a page will remain when navigating between pages.


How do I access the discovery report?

Authorized project users and administrators may go to the following URL to access reports for all their projects.

You may also click the Reports action in the dashboard menu. The default report is the discovery report. Additional reports can be selected from the dropdown menu in reports.


Can I export data from the report?

Yes, any visual that has an export option can be exported. Click the top right menu of the desired visual within the report for options.

For additional help with exporting data from visualizations, please read this MS article.


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