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Author: Kang Arman

Sharepoint Online – Maximum number of subsites within single site collection

According to our project requirements, We need to create more than 2000 subsites under single site collection in SharePoint online (Office 365). MSDN article says that you can create Up to 2,000 subsites per site collection. While this article says that you can create Up to 100,000 subsites per site collection.   I think 2000 subsite per site collection is just a threshold value. There will be impact on performance if your subsite count is more than 2000. Thats why Microsoft recommends upto 2000 subsites per site collection.   I tried contacting Microsoft for the same requirement but I found this question is already answered by Microsoft support team. The reply from Microsoft Team was like Currently, the sub site limit is 2,000 for Office 365 subscriptions. We can see the limit here: SharePoint Online software boundaries and limits. For any changes, we will update the News in our Office 365 roadmap. You can find this thread here. Now the actual point. The article which says that the sub site limit is 100,000 is written on Sep 17,2014 and they say that Microsoft has increased the limit in last 6 month while the Microsoft says its still 2000 on November 20,2015. So we can’t say anything until we personally don’t try. The procedure used in this can be used to try and find actual limit. The variation may be due to subscription plan or available storage.   There...

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How to export Office 365 mailboxes to PST using eDiscovery

In this article, I am going to show you how to export Office 365 mailboxes to PST files using an Office 365’s native in-place eDiscovery mechanism as a workaround. The reason why you may need to use it is that Microsoft doesn’t provide any tools dedicated specifically for this purpose (like the New-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet in on-premises Exchange). In fact, if you want to export mailboxes to PST files to e.g. add a layer of extra protection to your Office 365 data or migrate away from Office 365, the eDiscovery mechanism is your only option, other than opening the mailboxes in...

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Test SMTP Relay in Office365

I am back with my 3rd blog and this blog is primarily with testing SMTP relay with Office365 for that matter this testing can be used against any email applications which does SMTP relay. I would primarily concentrate with Office365 SMTP relay. There have been scenario with me while troubleshooting SMTP relay I really wanted some reliable tool to troubleshoot issue from customer machine or network.  Telnet works awesome if your SMTP server is Office365 MX record. If you use Office365 SMTP server i.e. on telnet it does not work because authentication is mandatory and for some reason...

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Takin’ care of business: Best practices of top Office 365 admins

Daily: On a daily basis, mailbox admins are constantly responding to any addition, change, and removal requests for their Office365 accounts. The most common daily tasks are: Modifying passwords Modifying folder permissions Mailbox forwarding Creating single and shared mailboxes Weekly: These are a few of the activities admins proactively perform on a weekly basis Review top mailbox growth by size Review Office 365 audit logs Review mobile security — Look for new devices that are being added to mailboxes, compare them from previous weeks, and verify that the user did indeed add a new device — limiting the potential risk of...

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The Top 7 Office 365 Troubleshooting Tools

As an Office 365 administrator, it’s nice to have a collection of tools to turn to when troubleshooting issues with Office 365. Below I’ve shared a few of my favorites by Microsoft. 1. Office 365 Outlook Connectivity Guided Walkthrough One of the most common problems is troubleshooting Outlook connectivity to Exchange Online. This guided walkthrough is intended for Office 365 Administrators to help diagnose Outlook connectivity issues for their users. 2. Office 365 Speed Test If you have been on Microsoft Online Services for some time, you might have previously used the site which tested the connection speed and reliability of the connection to the Microsoft Datacenters.  While that site has been decommissioned, you can use the links below to test the speed between your location and the datacenters in your region. Amsterdam, NL: Blue Ridge, VA: Dublin, IE: Hong Kong: San Antonio, TX: Singapore: 3. Remote Connectivity Analyzer — now With Message Analyzer If you don’t already know about the Remote Connectivity Analyzer, it’s a great tool for troubleshooting many common Exchange issues. One of the coolest new features is the Message Header Analyzer.  As an administrator you’ve probably had more than one of your users ask why a message took so long to get delivered.  To give them an answer you usually had to look at the message...

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