Download: Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0

Microsoft has released Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 and it’s now available for download at the Microsoft Download Centre.

Windows Server Solutions BPA is a diagnostic tool that is built on the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA) technology.

The tool scans a computer that is running the Windows server solutions software, and compares the existing server settings to a predefined set of recommended best practices.

Windows Server Solutions BPA performs the following tasks:

– Gathers information about a server that is running Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, or Windows Multipoint Server 2011
– Determines if the server settings comply with a set of best practices that are recommended by Microsoft
– Provides a report of the scan results, which identifies variances from the recommended best practices
– Identifies conditions that may lead to problems with the server
– Recommends solutions to potential problems

The BPA will present a list of items that are either noncompliant or compliant. It collects information about the server’s configuration from many sources including:

– Active Directory
– Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
– Registry
– IIS

Note: Before installing the Windows Server Solutions BPA you will need to install the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 (MBCA_Setup64.msi)

When you install the BPA you will be asked whether or not you want to enable a remote BPA scan and if you want to integrate the BPA with the console. Microsoft recommends that you enable both of these features.

You are also asked if you want to join the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program. Microsoft recommends you select the option I want to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program.

You will also be asked if you want the BPA to automatically download updates. Microsoft recommends that you enable this feature so you can be assured that you are always using the most up-to-date rules.

At this point you should have the icon on the desktop for the Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0.

You will also see a link for it under Windows Server Solutions BPA in the Start Menu, as well as a link for Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0. Launching either one will take you to the same screen, where you will select Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer under Select a product. Click Start Scan to begin the data collection.

Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0

To use a client machine to perform a remote BPA scan of the server then have a read of the steps under the section “Setting up the client to scan the remote server” at TechNet.

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