Friday, October 17, 2014

How to increase server resource quota?

As an administrator, you can also specify the resource usage quota. SharePoint then monitors the resource usage level for a site collection against this quota. To monitor the resource usage level, SharePoint collects performance data such as processor time and unhandled exceptions that relate to custom code being used in sandboxed solutions. When resource usage level exceeds the daily quota, SharePoint turns off the sandbox for the site collection; then, custom code cannot run. Resource usage quotas can reduce the risk that custom code will adversely affect the performance of a site collection. You can also set an alert to be notified by email when the resource usage level for the site collection approaches its limit.

The server resource quota is by default 300 for every tenant. Increasing that limit is necessary if you use any Sandbox solutions. Increasing this limit will give your tenant more RAM and CPU power.

This can be done form Office 365 Admin center. Just follow the steps below to achive that:

  • From the admin menu choose SharePoint
  • From the lsit of Site Collections choose the site collection that you desire to increase the server resource


  • From the ribbon choose server resource quota


  • Change the size to desired value


  • Enable the options to send an email when the usage limit reaches 80%
  • Press save to save the new values

In some scenarios you may recieve a SharePoint error with a correlation ID, when you try to do this operation. Then PowerShell will be your best friend. Here are the steps to do it by PowerShell:

  • Start SharePoint Online Management Shell   
  • Type: Connect-SPOService -Url -credential
  • Get-SPOSite -Identity
  • Set-SPOSite -Identity -ResourceQuota 600 -StorageQuota 15000

Replace contoso with your domain and for credential change to your admin credential.

The values are in MB!

How to increase the capacity of your SPO tenant?

According to Microsoft latest article regarding SharePoint Online software boundaries and limits, the maximum size of a tenant can be 1 TB and can contain no more than 500,000 site collections. The minimum storage allocation per site collection is 100 MB. The default tenant storage is (10 GB + number of subscribed users * 500 MB). So if we have a customer with 20 subscribed users, the default assigned size for the tenant will be 10 GB + (10 * 500 MB) = 15 GB.

Beside the assigned tenant size, every subscribed user receives 1 TB of extra capacity as soon as personal site is provisioned for that user.

In some scenarios a customer may want to increase the storage capacity. We had a customer that needed to increase the capacity of a tenant by 50 GB, in aim to migrate documents from a file server to SharePoint Online. We couldn’t find any solution to add more capacity from the Office 365 admin center. The subscription was purchased as open subscription and no add-ons were available beneath “Purchase Service”.

The customer had in this situation two options, the first one was to buy 100 more subscriptions and receive 100 * 500 MB, which could give 50 GB. But this option was unnecessary and very expensive. If the customer have chosen this option it would have cost them 41,000 Swedish krona/year.

The second and the better option was to add a SharePoint Online P1 subscription with only 1 user and then add capacity add-on for 50 GB. This will cost them 1500 Swedish crowns/year!

Here are the steps to add the capacity:

  • Navigate and logon to your Office 365 admin center
  • On the left menu press PURCHASE SERVICES
  • From available service find SharePoint Online (Plan 1)


  • On the right side press Add


  • Ensure that you have only 1 user license
  • Beneath the user license you will find a drop down arrow for optional add-ons
  • Press the arrow and fill the desired capacity


  • Press add to the cart
  • Then press check out
  • Pay by a credit card for athe entire year or per month.


  • Your order will be processed and the capacity will be added to your tenant
  • Then you can use it for any Site collection you need to expand

Friday, May 02, 2014

Drive to Office 365

Microsoft has recently announced 1 TB for OneDrive for business in Office 365. That will be a game changer move and is very welcomed and appriciated from the customers. One question that always pop up during customer meetings is how can we migrate from Google Drive, DropBox or Box to OneDrive for Business?

I’m pretty sure that Microsoft will provide the customers with a tool soon, since that has always been Microsoft strategy to ease the migration to their products. Meanwhile a customer can use a tool like Metalogix Drive 2 Office 365.