21 March 2017

Increase Public Folder Quotas | Office 365

Recently a client of mine received a warning message saying a certain Public Folder was running low on space and they needed to delete some items.



This is the standard message you get from Exchange/Office 365 if your mailbox is running out of space etc, however with this being Office 365, I would have thought this limit would be much larger (or at least the client wouldn't have encountered this message for a period of time).

I logged into Office 365 and checked the Public Folder settings to make sure nothing was explicitly set, and that they were just getting the default quotas.


Whilst you can simply change the storage quotas section to not use the organisation quota defaults, this wasn't really practical as this client had about 15 different Public Folders.  It was much easier to just change the entire organisation's quota defaults and have it affect all the Public Folders.

In order to change this, you will need to do the following:

1. Sign into Office 365 through PowerShell
Note: this links to a previous blog post of mine which goes through how to sign into O365 using PS
2. Type the following command to find out what the current warning and prohibit quotas are set to:

Get-OrganizationConfig -DefaultPublicFolderIssueWarningQuota,DefaultPublicFolderProhibitPostQuota



As you can see here, the warning message is set to 1.7GB, and the prohibit message is set to 2GB. Neither of which is really acceptable. 

I changed this to warn at mailbox size 45GB, and prohibit at mailbox size 49GB.  This will mean that they will not have to worry about this filling up for a long period of time.

In order to do this, I typed two commands:


  1. Set-OrganizationConfig -DefaultPublicFolderProhibitPostQuota 49GB
  2. Set-OrganizationConfig -DefaultPublicFolderIssueWarningQuota 45GB
You can see in the below screenshot that after doing this, I then ran the Get-OrganizationConfig again to confirm the limits.


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