U-M to migrate from Box to Dropbox this spring and summer

March 24, 2021

The University of Michigan will migrate its cloud-data storage from U-M Box to U-M Dropbox beginning this spring. U‑M Dropbox was launched in 2020 with the goal of replacing MBox, which has a December 2021 retirement date. Here are migration steps to take.

UM-Dearborn ITS has begun planning for the campus migration from U-M Box to U-M Dropbox, and will share details and instructions throughout the coming months.

Between now and May 5, take the following steps:

  • Create a U‑M Dropbox account if you don’t already have one. Even if you do not own any Box files, you must create a Dropbox account to retain access to any Box files shared with you by another user.
  • Clean up your U‑M Box account by deleting unnecessary files and folders.

Please do not:

  • If your team or department has a shared Box account, do not request a shared Dropbox team account. These will be created for you as part of the migration process.
  • Don’t attempt to move your own files and folders until asked to do so by UM-Dearborn ITS. A self-service migration tool with instructions will be provided in May. If you move your own files to Dropbox now, you may permanently lose them.

If you are interested in learning more about the migration, please visit the U‑M Box Retirement website, which includes a helpful Guide to Getting Started. If at any point you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UM-Dearborn ITS Service Desk.

Questions? Contact the ITS ServiceDesk Portal

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