Replies posted by drkmccy
The server has good specs. The repo drive what is the file system format? NTFS or ReFS? Hopefully NTFS because of the database for O365 being a Jet DB does not work well on ReFS. Also the internet connection you have what is the speed there? Typically you don't run backups during business hours but you indicated they worked overnight too. Might be worthwhile opening a case with support and uploading the logs to get a better idea. Yep, NTFSInternet connection gets a solid 200Meg down (it’s a leased line) I just synced a Sharepoint library of about 50GB on a user’s machine and it took about half an hour so the internet connection is definitely not the bottleneck.
Can you also confirm the spec of your server? Cores + RAM. Could equally be issues with memory pressure. There’s a room for sizing estimation for resources that would be good to run too if you haven’t yet. How many users and SharePoint sites are you trying to protect? Any ideas of total data size? As this is a test, the backup environment is as good as it can be. I’m backing up onto a bare metal Gen9 ProLiant - 8 Cores, 128GB. The backup proxy and repo are local on the same box so nothing fancy and surely optimal for speed (I assume)I’ve reduced my data size for the test to only 5 accounts averaging 5GB mailboxes and empty OneDrives. They took overnight to backup, so god knows how I’m gonna backup 500 accounts with larger mailboxes and 200GB OneDrives. I’m skipping Sharepoint for now.
I’m afraid turning off throttling made no difference at all…… Not sure if it’s because I’m doing a test during office hours but the speeds are now 100-500kbps, sometimes dipping into double digits! I just tested backing up only a couple of user accounts with a relatively average amount of mail (5GB max) and empty OneDrives. I can’t test the additional accounts though (although it sounds from what was said before that it won’t make a difference):
Just in case you're experiencing throttling during the backup of mailboxes, this post describes how to temporarily disable it: Never knew this existed, this is brilliant thank you! I’ll test tomorrow morning and see what happens, although I can’t see myself having to turn throttling off before every backup, but it’s ideal to troubleshoot.
Also keep in mind the throttling is typically on SharePoint and OneDrive normally and typically not mailboxes. So job configuration may need to be changed with separate jobs for each. I’m only backing up accounts, not Sharepoint. I did a test by backing up accounts that had large mailboxes and very little onedrive data and other accounts which had lots of onedrive data and almost no mail, and they were both as slow as could be. I also did a test account which had almost nothing, like 5 emails and 2 files and that took 10 minutes to back up (??)
Seeing that rate it will definitely be throttling on the MS side playing a part. You need to be able to set up the Aux accounts to use for backups which help improve on speed. You may need to work with the person that is the O365 Admin to do this or have the account you are working with changed to Admin in the system as it sounds like it might not be. Like I said, the “manage backup accounts” option in the right click menu for the org is greyed out (no idea why...) I am the 365 admin so I could create as many accounts as needed. I created an account specially for the backup which is currently a global admin and given the migrator role which has applicationimpersonation which I read somewhere it was a good idea to have on.
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