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Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 2.7 - Performance Optimization Guide

Host Recommendations

Now that the hardware is setup and ready to go, let’s discuss the host configuration.  When we mention “host”, we are talking specifically about the computer that Essentials for Office 365 is installed to and any software settings or configurations that can affect performance.

64-bit Architecture

Windows 64-bit architecture is strongly recommended due to the advancement in memory allocation over

32-bit.  A 64-bit architecture will allow memory allocation to the Essentials software greater than the

1.5GB maximum from old, so please be sure that both your hardware and software are 64-bit compatible.

Network Connection

We mentioned it the Hardware section and we will mention here again, a stable network connection is important.  Avoid at all costs any migration or backup over VPN or unstable Wi-Fi connections.  If you login using a VPN and notice frequent lost connections or slowdowns, don’t expect these operations to work any more smoothly for you.

Antivirus Scanners and Exceptions

Antivirus Scanners are applications that are great for keeping bad things out, but not so great when you are running operations that move large amounts of data quickly (i.e. migrations and backup).  If at all possible, disable all antivirus and malware scanners that are actively monitoring your host machine.  If a complete disable is not possible, please strongly consider adding exceptions to the following locations:

Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 installation directory.  By default, this is C:\Program

Files\Quest\Essentials or C:\Program Files (x86)\Quest\Essentials

Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 workspace directory.  By default, this is C:\Users\{UserDirectory}\Essentials

Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 temporary directory.  By default, this is


Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 backup location.  If you are storing backups locally, please add this location(s) to the exception list as well.

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