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Server Resource Quota in SharePoint Online

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Q. What does the Server Resource Quota setting do in SharePoint Online?
A. Right now, nothing. Nothing at all.















Earlier this week I was talking to an IT Manager who's been troubleshooting some performance issues on a SharePoint Online site collection. As part of his investigation, he raised the issue with Microsoft Support.

Among other things, the support engineer advised him to increase the Server Resource Quota for the site collection.

Microsoft Support should really know better. For the avoidance of doubt, the Server Resource Quota existed solely to limit the amount of server resources that any sandboxed solutions running in the site collection can consume over a 24-hour period. As code-based sandboxed solutions have been blocked entirely in SharePoint Online from July 2016, this setting now does absolutely nothing at all. I'd assume that in time it will disappear from the admin center UI.

Changes to link sharing defaults in SharePoint Online

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Just a quick note (followed by a quick rant) on a recent change to sharing in Office 365 (both SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business) that's caused us a couple of issues over the last week.

The issue came to light when a team member tried to get the URL of a document in a SharePoint Online document library. You'll be aware that you can't just right-click and copy the URL in SharePoint - instead you can either right-click the document and then click Get a link on the context menu, or you can select the document and click Get a link on the toolbar:





















My user - who has permissions to edit the document in question - was presented with a nasty error message:















The reason for this is that when you get a link in SharePoint Online (or OneDrive for Business), it now defaults to creating a link that grants anonymous access to the document. If you've locked down anonymous sharing on your site collection, the user will get an error message instead.

If you want to change this beh…