ShareGate Desktop is a client-side application that interacts between your source and destination environments.
Whether you are on-premises or online; have installed the server extension or consented the Azure ShareGate Desktop application; or are performing a content or structure migration, your information remains confidential.
- Who has access to ShareGate Desktop?
- How can I remove access to ShareGate Desktop?
Who has access to ShareGate Desktop?
When setting up the app
ShareGate Desktop never puts your data in contact with our sites or our servers. Since it is installed locally on your machine, the only communications are between your source and destination SharePoint sites. Your IT department can decide who should have the access that is needed to set up the app.
- License seats - Your license grants you access to a number of seats. A seat is defined as a specific user on a specific workstation. You can view and manage your licenses from Settings. For more information, see License activation and deactivation.
- Server extension - To improve performance, it is recommended to install the server extension on the on-premises SharePoint servers you use with ShareGate Desktop. Like any web service, it is executed by an authorized user in ShareGate Desktop. For more information, see Security considerations for the server extension.
- Azure ShareGate Desktop application - The Azure ShareGate Desktop app helps reduce throttling in Microsoft 365 and improves how ShareGate Desktop can interact with Microsoft 365. Global administrators can consent the app within ShareGate Desktop or through Microsoft. When consented, all SharePoint administrators will have access to the Office Graph for Microsoft 365 Group creation. For more information, see What is the Azure ShareGate Desktop application?
When using the app
To connect to your environment and perform actions using ShareGate Desktop, the app impersonates you. Though it acts like you, your network can still identify it as an application performing actions and not you directly.
- Required permissions - To perform actions, the app requires users to have certain permissions at both the SharePoint source and destination. For full details on what permissions a user needs, see Administrative permissions.
- Connection - The app requires that you connect to your environment when you start a migration. When connecting with the Other user connection method, an encrypted version of your credentials is stored. For the other connection methods, the app preserves the authentication cookies locally. ShareGate Desktop will not save the credentials themselves. For more information, see Connect to SharePoint and Microsoft 365.
How can I remove access to ShareGate Desktop?
Deactivating license seats
You can deactivate license seats from the Licence tab of the Settings.
For more information, see Licence activation and deactivation.
Remove consent in Azure
You can remove the Sharegate Desktop application and block consent in Azure at any time.
For more information, see How do I remove the Azure ShareGate Desktop application?