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Migrating WVWC Content to a Personal G-Mail Account Moving messages, contacts, calendar events, and documents
Do I need to migrate content? You must determine what solution you require… A) Leave all content to discard when account is removed 30 days past graduation. ( , contacts, calendar dates, and documents will be unrecoverable.) B) Save content by backing it up to my local computer. C) Migrate content to a personal account for further use online. D) Save only some sections, such as documents. All WVWC accounts will be removed 30 days beyond graduation. Personal accounts should already be in place and referenced for communication with graduate schools, prospective employers, etc. If you have not created a personal account, we recommend using Google’s Gmail (www.gmail.com). These instructions are written specifically for migration to Gmail utilizing a Windows based PC.
Content Types MessagesContactsCalendarDocuments There are four distinct types of content from your WVWC account that should be backed up and migrated. We will cover the process for backing up each type. The second half of the presentation will cover migrating or restoring the backups to a personal Gmail account. If you only wish to back up one or more specific types, you can jump to that type in the backup section, and then you can refer to its corresponding restoration section.
Messages This section is focused on backing up the messages and maintaining label structure within G- Mail using Gmvault, an open source product.
Forwarding WVWC Mail If you are migrating your mail to a new account, you should first forward new mail to that account to prevent data loss. To do this, begin by logging into your account at Then open the Mail Settings by clicking the settings Gear icon, then Settings from the menu.
Once in Mail Settings, click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, then click the Add a forwarding address button.
Enter the address of your personal Gmail account, then click the Next button. Click the Proceed button and OK button on the following prompts.
Your mail forward is not functional until the forwarding address is verified. It should appear as this one does in the green oval below. At this point, log out of your WVWC account and into your personal Gmail account.
You should see an from West Virginia Wesleyan College as shown below. Open it.
Once the message detail is viewed, click the verification link that is within the message. A web page should open within your default browser stating “Confirmation Success!” You now can log out of your personal account.
Log back into your WVWC account; open the Mail Settings ; and click the Forwarding POP/IMAP tab. 1.Change option to Forward a copy… 2.Set preference to keep or delete WVWC copy 3.Scroll down to bottom of page and click the Save Settings button.
Forwarding is Complete! Now that forwarding has been completed, any new messages that arrive after we create a backup will be automatically forwarded to your personal account. Forwarding will continue until you change it or until the account is disabled after graduation. You should still notify those using your WVWC address that your address has changed. Once your account is disabled, forwarding will discontinue and the sender will receive an error that the account that they have sent to does not exist.
Download and Install Gmvault Open a web browser and navigate to Click the Download Gmvault button. Once downloaded, install the software.
Backing Up with Gmvault Gmvault is a program that utilizes a command line shell, which means that you must type the command into the program. Launch Gmvault by navigating to the Gmvault program group and clicking gmvault-shell Type gmvault sync (substituting your username in the address. Press the enter key
Allowing Gmvault to Logon to your WVWC Gmvault will prompt you that it will open a web browser and prompt for logon credentials. Press the enter key to activate this action as directed in the prompt. Your default web browser should open to the WVWC logon page and will include the information that a 3 rd party software program is requesting access to your account.
Logon to Your WVWC Account
Grant Access for Gmvault
Begin Backup Sync with Gmvault Simply return to the Gmvault window and press the Enter key as instructed in the prompt. Gmvault should respond that it successfully authenticated and then begin backing up your messages. Gmvault will periodically give an estimate regarding the remaining time to complete the process. The time required depends on the amount of that you have and the speed of your Internet connection.
Message Backup Complete! When gmvault completes, your gmvault window should appear similar to this one. Notice the summary information regarding what copied and what errors occurred. Type Exit at the prompt, then press the Enter key.
Backup Contacts Backing up contacts in Gmail is a snap. Log into your WVWC account at Click the drop-down link that states “Mail”, then click Contacts.
Export Contacts Once you are in the contacts, click the “More” drop down menu, then select Export from the menu.
Select Contact Export Options Generally, the default options that are shown below are correct – All Contacts and Google CSV format. Click the Export button.
Contacts Backup Complete! There should now be a file named Google.csv in your default downloads folder. We’ll return to it when it is time to add the contacts to your personal Gmail account. For now, let’s move to the next section, Calendar Events.
Backup Calendar Events To backup your calendar events from your primary and additional calendars, log into your account at Click the Calendar link out of the main Gmail toolbar. From the calendars page, click the Gear icon on the right side of the page, then select Settings from the menu.
Export Calendars From the Calendar Settings page, first click the Calendars tab, then click the Export Calendars link.
Calendar Backup Complete! A file named should have been downloaded to your default downloads folder. (If prompted by browser security, opt to save the file.) We will return to it when it is time to upload your calendars to your personal Gmail account. For now, let’s move on to our final objects to back up – Documents.
Backup Documents from Google Drive The final objects that we need to backup from your WVWC account are documents that are stored on your Google Drive cloud storage. We will download them, much the same way that we did the Contacts and Calendars. First, make sure that you are logged into your account at then click on the Drive link in the main menu bar.
Show Documents You Own Once you’ve clicked the Drive link in the menu bar, click the More/Less link; click the Owner, type, more>> link; then click Owned by me from the popup menu.
Download Your Docs Click the Select All checkbox just to the left of “Title”. Click the More button, then select Download from the menu.
Select Download File Format You can select what file formats to use for conversion of Google Docs files. We recommend MS Office because it will remain compatible with Microsoft Office and Open Office. To select MS Office formats, click the MS Office link. Click the Download button.
Documents Backup Complete! All of your owned documents that you had selected will be converted and packed in a zip file. Once the file is ready for download, it should download automatically. Some browsers security features may interfere. If the file does not download automatically, simply click the Click here to download link on the final screen to force the download, then choose to save the file. A file named documents-export-yyyy-mm-dd.zip should be downloaded to your default downloads folder. (yyyy-mm-dd will reflect the date)
All WVWC Objects Are Backed Up! So far, we have: Applied a forward on the WVWC so that new WVWC messages will be forwarded to the personal account while the WVWC account remains in tact. Installed gmvault and backed up messages Exported Contacts Exported Calendar Events Exported Documents from Google Drive It’s time to upload / import these items into your personal Gmail account.
Restoring Your WVWC Data to a Personal Account With all data backed up, we now need to restore that data to a personal Gmail account. As we did in the backup process, each data object ( messages, contacts, calendar events, and documents) will be addressed in that order.
Restoring Messages We’ll use Gmvault to restore the messages and label structure that we previously backed up. Also, when you log into your personal Gmail account, you should see copies of any new mail that has arrived since setting the forward on your account. We have determined that for best results, you should ensure that your browser is logged out of your Gmail and WVWC accounts before proceeding.
Restoring with Gmvault 1. Navigate to your Gmvault program group, and launch the gmvault-shell. 2. At the gmvault command prompt, type gmvault restore where username is the username of your personal Gmail account. 3. Press the Enter key. 4. As it was during the backup process, gmvault will open a web browser for you to log into the account. Press the Enter key again to continue.
Gmail Third Party Logon Your default web browser should open for a third party logon for your personal Gmail account. Simply log on. Notice that Google makes it clear that you are providing access to a third-party application.
Gmail Grant Access Again, Google provides additional information and a required click for additional security. Information is also provided regarding how to revoke access. Click the Grant Access button.
Commence Restoration with Gmvault Return to the Gmvault window, and press the Enter key to continue. Gmvault will authenticate and begin the restoration. The amount of time required depends upon the quantity of and the speed of your Internet connection.
Gmvault Data Restoration Gmvault will prompt as it restores data within your account, and the resulting window will continue to scroll. Periodically, it will also provide an estimate of the remaining time required. When it is complete, scrolling will cease and a summary message will appear.
Message Restoration Complete! The most difficult portion is now complete! Congratulations! Let’s continue restoring the other objects, by restoring the contacts that we backed up.
Importing Gmail Contacts If you do not have a browser window open and logged into your personal Gmail account, please do so. Once logged in, click Gmail from the main menu bar (if necessary). Then, click the Gmail dropdown menu, and select Contacts.
Importing Gmail Contacts Click the More actions dropdown menu, then select Import… from the menu
Importing Contacts (cont.) Click the Browse button, then navigate to and select the file Google.CSV that we saved during the backup process. Usually, it is in your default downloads folder illustrated by the green oval in the image. Click the Open and Import buttons.
Contacts Restoration Complete! That’s it for Contacts! They should now appear within your contacts as they do in the graphic below. Let’s continue on with Calendar Events.
Calendar Restoration Preparation Before we restore the Calendar Events that were backed up previously, we need to unpack the files from the compressed zip file that was created during backup. To do this, navigate to the file that was downloaded. This is likely located in your default Downloads folder. Right-click the file, and select Extract All… from the popup menu. This should create a folder named within your Downloads folder. Inside will be an ICS file for each calendar that you exported.
Calendar Restoration Preparation (cont.) When you import calendar events to a Google account, you import them to an existing calendar. Most users only have a single primary calendar that was backed up, and your account automatically has a primary calendar created. If you are restoring events to a secondary calendar, you must first create the calendar in your personal account. A notation will be made later as to where the settings are to create secondary calendars.
Calendar Restoration If you do not currently have a browser open and logged in to your personal Gmail account, please do so now. Once logged in, click the Calendar link from the main menu bar (if necessary). Click the settings Gear icon near the right side of the page, and select Settings from the menu.
Import Calendars The following information is for restoring primary calendar events. If you are working with a secondary calendar, you must first create a new secondary calendar to import events into by clicking the Create New Calendar button. From the calendar settings page in Gmail, click the Calendar tab, then click the Import Calendars link.
Import Calendars (cont.) Click the Browse button. Go to the location where you extracted the zip file (likely your default Downloads folder) and open the extracted folder and select the default calendar file. (It will have your WVWC address in the title.) Click the Open button. If importing into a secondary calendar, select the target calendar from the dropdown list. (green oval) Click the Import button.
Calendar Event Restoration Complete! That completes the restoration of calendar events for the default calendar. If you have secondary calendars to import, simply create each secondary calendar, then follow the import procedures for each one. The final step is to restore documents. Let’s get started!
Importing Documents Importing the documents to your Google Drive space is easy. If you do not currently have a browser open and logged in to your personal account, please do so now. Let’s finish up!
Importing Documents Preparation Like the Calendar Events, backing up the Documents created a zip file in your Downloads folder named documents-export-yyyy-mm-dd.zip, where yyyy-mm- dd represents the date of the backup. You need to extract these files to a regular folder prior to importing them into Google Drive. Locate the zip file in your Downloads folder, right-click it, and select Extract All from the popup menu. Windows should create a folder within your Downloads folder named documents- export-yyyy-mm-dd. **Depending on what zip software you have installed, your menus may be slightly different.
Importing Documents into Google Drive **Note: Google Chrome supports folder uploads natively, while other browsers like IE or Firefox require a Java applet. These instructions were created using Firefox and the Java applet installed. Click the Upload icon, select Enable Folder Upload, then choose to Download Chrome or Install Applet if necessary.
Importing Documents into Google Drive (cont.) Click the Upload icon and elect Files and Folders. Navigate to your Downloads folder. Open the documents-export-yyyy-mm-dd folder. Select All contents as noted. Click the Select button.
WVWC Data Migration Complete! This completes the migration of all of your WVWC account data. Although new mail will continue to arrive in your account until it is removed, the forwarded copy will be passed on to your personal account. Contacts, graduate schools, and prospective employers, should all be made aware of the new address. If you have any questions, please contact the Computing Services Helpdesk at or