Manually Increase Office 365 Mailbox Limit

Microsoft announced a few months ago that the mailbox size limit would be doubled for all new and existing Office 365 customers by the end of November 2013. Standard mailboxes would be increased from 25 to 50 GBs while shared mailboxes would be increased from 5 to 10 GBs. However, it’s already the last day of November and I noticed that none of my client’s mailbox size limits had been increased. It turns out that Microsoft is in no hurry to roll this out and is hoping to upgrade all existing customers by the end of the year. You can, however, manually increase the size limit on a mailbox by using the following PowerShell commands:

For user mailboxes:
Get-Mailbox -RecipientTypeDetails UserMailbox | Set-Mailbox -ProhibitSendQuota 49.75GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 50GB -IssueWarningQuota 49.50GB

For shared mailboxes:
Get-Mailbox -RecipientTypeDetails SharedMailbox | Set-Mailbox -ProhibitSendQuota 9.75GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 10GB -IssueWarningQuota 9.50GB

The Microsoft support technician I spoke to today assured me that manually increasing the size limit shouldn’t create any issues. So you can either continue waiting for Microsoft to get around to upgrading your mailboxes or you can try using the PowerShell scripts provided above.

Nexus 5 Encryption Issue

I ran into a curious issue when trying to encrypt my new Nexus 5 phone. Even when using a PIN and starting with a fully charged phone, each time I tried to enable encryption, the phone would immediately reboot but then nothing would happen. Several users on various forums managed to get their new Nexus to encrypt after repeated tries but I wasn’t having any such luck. Another user suggested trying again while using the AC adapter which came with the phone. This time, it worked! Somehow the phone detected that I wasn’t using the stock AC adapter when I tried to enable encryption earlier. On the other hand, it would have been nice to see an error message instructing me to do just that rather than leaving people stuck with phones that won’t encrypt.

Tip for Creating App Folders on an Android Home Screen

I recently ran into an issue creating application folders on a new Nexus 5 device. Each time I would try to drag an app on top of another to create a folder, the other application would move away. The same would happen when I tried to drag an app into an existing folder. The issue apparently only occurs if you move the app too slowly. If you quickly drag the app on top of another app or folder it will work as expected.


Windows Update Cleanup

In case you’re not seeing the “Windows Update Cleanup” option even after installing the KB 2852386 update, try clicking on the Clean up system files button. This allowed me to free up over 5 GBs of disk space.

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