To have SharePoint take place of a file share is a logical choice. One of the many pillars of SharePoint is enterprise content management.
SharePoint robust features can be offset of bring the mess from a file share/shared drive and just simply bringing a new environment without cleansing the documents first.
Windows Server 2012 R2 has a great feature to help tackle the information explosion prior to migrating all your documents into SharePoint called Data Deduplication.
Data deduplication will allow your organization to help cut down on the number of “like” versions that can be scattered across numerous folders.
As a result, you get down the “single versions” of the truth with your primary documents. Then you can take full advantage of search, records management, etc. within SharePoint to help your organization save money with regard to storage and time to search for vital information.
Here is the article on how you can use data deduplication in Windows 2012 R2.
At the December/2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meeting, Sean P. McDonough was the presenter for the night. Fantastic Topic: SharePoint 2010 Backup/Recovery
Sean is a fantastic presenter. I was even more impressed with the tool he used for the presentation called, “Prezi.” www.prezi.com
The tool is free with limits.
I had a big presentation at my current employment that I needed to walk my audience through a new process of moving SharePoint team sites from various SharePoint versions onto our new SharePoint 2010 environment.
The tool was a big hit and it inspired great conversations during and after the meeting.
Big thanks to Sean! You can visit Sean’s website at http://sharepointinterface.com/