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vladimirtkachenko
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When you use SharePoint Migration Tool and migrate any SharePoint 2013 site (with "Site Feed" feature ENABLED) to pre-created Communication site, "Newsfeed.aspx" page (https://tenantName.sharepoint.com/sites/siteName/newsfeed.aspx) appears to be broken. An additional WebPart is added to the page, and both display the following error:

 

Web Part Error: A Web Part or Web Form Control on this Page cannot be displayed or imported. You don't have Add and Customize Pages permissions required to perform this action. Correlation ID: fc1c189f-e07c-1000-b42a-e22218e27e28.

 

See the following screenshot:

 

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"Newsfeed.aspx" cannot be modified by Site Owner (or even Tenant admin), as it is not allowed in SPO. So it remains broken forever.

 

Steps to reproduce:

 

1. Invoke the following PowerShell Command:

New-SPOSite -Url https://tenantName/sites/siteName `

    -Title "Site Name" `

    -Owner "tenantAdmin@tenantName.onmicrosoft.com" `

    -StorageQuota 100 `

    -LocaleId 1033 `

    -Template "SITEPAGEPUBLISHING#0" 

2. Run SharePoint Migration Tool, select any Source site (with "Site Feed" enabled), and migrate it to pre-created Communication site.

3. Navigate to https://tenantName.sharepoint.com/sites/siteName/newsfeed.aspx and see broken Newsfeed page, without options to fix it, remove broken webparts etc.

 

When everything works fine:

 

  1. When "Site Feed" feature is DISABLED ON SOURCE site. It remains disabled on Target. It's possible to enable it later.
  2. When  you pre-create TEAM Site ("STS#3" template).
  3. When you DON'T PRE-CREATE Target site at all. Then SPMT creates Team site itself - and Newsfeed is fine

 

SPMT Migration settings: default.

 

Tested on 3 different tenants. The issue persists in all of them.

 

It looks like a bug in SharePoint Migration Tool, which adds a new "Site Feed" webpart during migration, when activating the feature on Target.

 

SPMT version: 3.2.115.0 (latest Public Beta) and 3.2.114.2 (latest Release).

 

SharePoint Online Management Shell version: 16.0.9119.1200

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Solution

For the ones, who might hit this issue - there is an easy workaround. After you pre-create a Target site (and before you start SPMT migration session), you need to Disable "DenyAddAndCustomizePages" for that particular site using the following command:

 

 

Set-SPOSite -Identity {Site Url} -DenyAddAndCustomizePages 0

 


With that setting configured, "Newsfeed.aspx" remains healthy after SPMT migration is done. Tested on 2 different tenants and a number of sites.

I'm grateful to O365 Support team (and specifically Damien Haince), for helping us with this workaround.

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