Learn How to Disable EWS Throttling in Exchange Server Easily
While dealing with Exchange Server admins must have run into situations where they had to temporarily pause some functionality to set things right. One such scenario is when they have to disable EWS throttling in its entirety. Exchange Web Services are part of Microsoft 365 and are designed to support and maintain the exchange server functionality in the cloud.
Here throttling can be compared to a speed bump for your email system. Like a speed bump, it is there to slow down the resource demand from a single point. Although it is quite useful, sometimes admins might need to bypass this restraint. Therefore, in this detailed guide, we’ll dive into the ins and outs of EWS throttling, and walk you through the step-by-step process of disabling it.
Reasons to Disable EWS Throttling in Exchange Online
Whenever an organization decides to migrate its Exchange data one of the first steps it needs to do is disable EWS Throttling in Exchange Server.
This is done to remove the performance roadblocks that occur during a throttling operation. Other than that during migration other services are disabled anyway so the main task of throttling is no longer a priority.
Another reason why throttling might be disabled is that some organizations have faced cyberattacks that took advantage of the throttling mechanism. Here nefarious entities used brute force tactics and gained access to the mail server, thus causing email compromise.
Nonetheless, the main problem is that you can’t disable throttling completely as it is a critical component that prevents the overloading of resources. Moreover disabling the inbuilt mechanism is not only complicated but has several downsides such as stopping active sync among other apps\services.
However, users can still request a pause in the throttling service. To address the issue we have two different methods for the same let’s see them one by one.
Disable EWS Throttling Via Exchange Admin Center
Step 1. Log in to the Office 365 Admin page.
Step 2. Access the “Customize navigation” option in the feature pane.
Step 3. Hit the “Select All” option and then click “Save.”
Step 4. Choose “Need Help” or navigate to “Support,” and proceed with “New service requests.”
Step 5. Utilize the search field to find “EWS Throttling.” Pick “Increase EWS Throttling Policy” from the list and hit Enter.
Step 6. Click on “Run Tests.”
Step 7. Allow the diagnostics test to finish.
Step 8. Upon completion, opt for a duration of 30, 60, or 90 days for disabling the EWS Throttling Policy. Confirm by checking the acknowledgment checkbox and press “Update Settings.”
Step 9. The EWS throttling will now be disabled for the specified duration.
Step 10. The update to the Exchange Web Services (EWS) throttling policy has been initiated and will conclude within 15 minutes.
Step 11. After 15 minutes, rerun the test (Step 6) to confirm that the throttling has been successfully disabled.
Powershell Commands to Switch off EWS Throttling
To disable all throttling parameters for all mailboxes:
Step 1. Set up a connection in the Exchange Management Shell.
$UserCredential = Get-Credential $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://<ServerFQDN>/PowerShell/ -Authentication UserAdmin -Credential $UserCredential
Step 2. Execute the following set of commands next.
Step 3. Then, type in the following code and press Enter on your keyboard.
Set-ThrottlingPolicy MigrationPolicy -RCAMaxConcurrency Unlimited -EWSMaxConcurrency Unlimited -EWSMaxSubscriptions Unlimited -CPAMaxConcurrency Unlimited -EwsCutoffBalance Unlimited -EwsMaxBurst Unlimited -EwsRechargeRate Unlimited
Step 4. Put the following commands to confirm the settings and disable Disable EWS throttling.
Get-Mailbox | Set-Mailbox -ThrottlingPolicy MigrationPolicy
Note: Powershell commands can result in unforeseen changes therefore users should only use these if they have a decent experience of working with Powershell.
Best Option For Data Migration After Disabling Throttling
Once EWS throttling is disabled users must act fast or they will lose this golden opportunity to move their data. One way to speed up the data transfer is to use the Exchange to Exchange Migration Tool. This utility is specifically designed to make migration as simple as possible. Various exchange migration scenarios can be completed via this tool such as:
- Error Free Exchange 2013 to 2016 Migration
- Quick and Effective Exchange 2013 to 2019 Migration
- Migrate Exchange 2016 to 2019 In Most Easy Manner
- Exchange 2010 to 2016 Migration In a Few Steps
Moreover, with the intricate user-friendly interface even nontechnical personnel can attempt and complete the data migration with ease.
Here is a list of 5 quick steps after which the data will be shifted to the desired location.
Step 1. Launch the tool and select Exchange as both Source and Destination.
Step 2. Mark the Workload boxes and Apply the date filter if required.
Step 3. Validate both source and target information one by one.
Step 4. Prepare a user mapping in one of 3 ways (Fetch, Import, Download).
Step 5. Preview users, validate, and hit Start migration.
In this article, we learned the methods to disable EWS throttling in Exchange Server. By following the steps outlined in this guide, administrators can make informed decisions on when to pause throttling. Moreover, we saw why this practice is not recommended and how it is only paused for a limited time period. In the end, we completed our discussion by getting to know the best available tool for data transfer while throttling is no longer active.