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  • Blog Post: Windows Server Solutions BPA Updated June 2012

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shammi Dua and Charanjeet Singh from Commercial Technical Support] Update Rollup 3 for WSSG BPA (KB 2699813 ) is now available via Microsoft Updates, along with its installation tool (KB 2698659 ). How to get BPA Update Rollup SBS 2011 Standard: By default, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Windows Server Solutions BPA

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland from Commercial Technical Support] The Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) examines a server that is running: Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Windows...
  • Blog Post: SBS BPA F.A.Q.

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] Today's post will answer some of the common questions we have seen regarding the BPA. Q: Can the BPA be run from a client? A: No Q: Will this tool make changes to my server? A: No, this tool is read-only Q: How often will the definitions get updated...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 and 2008 BPA Updated

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland from Commercial Technical Support] The configuration file for the SBS 2003 BPA has been updated with new rules. Some of the new checks include: Check for IP restrictions set on the SMTP virtual server Updated check for the OS DST update...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer Updated

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland] The SBS 2003 Best Practices Analyzer configuration file has been updated with new rules. There are approximately 100 new rules and many pre-existing rules have been improved based on your feedback. If you have the BPA set to automatically check for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Solutions BPA Updated September 2011

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland from Commercial Technical Support] The September update for the WSSG BPA has now been released, adding 59 new rules. Currently the total number of checks per SKU breaks down as (total of 107 total rules) Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition...
  • Blog Post: SBS BPA Known Issues/Common Questions

    1) You get a warning Windows Server Update Services 2.0 installed This server is running Windows Server Update Services 2.0. You should upgrade Windows Server Update Services 2.0 to Windows Server Update Services 3.0. For information about upgrading Windows Server Update Services 2.0 to Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Final DST Reminder

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] Please make sure that you have applied the DST patches to your SBS server before Sunday October 28, 2007. This Sunday is the date than an unpatched machine will "fall back" one hour. A patched machine will "fall back" on November 4, 2007. By fall...
  • Blog Post: How to Use the Windows SBS 2003 BPA

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] Today’s blog post is going to cover running the Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer. The first step in using the BPA is to download and install it. The download is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Solutions BPA Updated January 2013

    Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions BPA ( KB2796170 ) is now available via Microsoft Update. New Rules Added DefWebSiteExtended - This rule checks whether the default website is extended correctly. RemoteVDirAuthentication - This rule checks whether Anonymous Authentication is disabled. SelfUpdateVDirSSL...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 BPA Updated

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland] The configuration file for the SBS 2003 BPA has been updated with new rules and a couple of fixes. Some of the new checks include: Checks to see if the  Microsoft Active Directory connector is installed. If so, warns that it will need to be removed...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue in Windows Server Solutions BPA Update Rollup 3

    After you update Windows Server Solutions BPA with UR3 and execute it on Small Business Server 2011 Standard, it displays a warning: The /EWS virtual directories maxRequestLength doesn't match the get-transportconfig MaxSendSize The checking logic of this rule is incorrect. If you modify the value as...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 BPA Has Been Updated

    The configuration file for the SBS 2003 BPA has been updated with new rules. Some of the new checks include: Checks for occurrences of the Windows SBS Server Status report timing out Checks for Mailbox Manager policies enabled on recipient policies Check for non default value of the otherWellKnownObjects...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Solutions BPA Checklist

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland from Commercial Technical Support] Earlier this month we published a post introducing the new Windows Server Solutions BPA , which is currently available for download.  Below is a list of the checks, broken down by each product supported, that...
  • Blog Post: SBS now has a Best Practices Analyzer!

    The Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer examines a server that is running Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows SBS) and presents a list of information and errors that administrators should review. The Windows SBS Best Practices Analyzer examines the server and...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

    On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized! Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions, creating media, building packaging...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 BPA Is Live

    The Windows Small Business Server 2008 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) examines a server that is running Windows® Small Business Server 2008 (Windows SBS 2008) and presents a list of information and errors that administrators should review. It collects information about server configuration from many...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Solutions BPA Updated February 2012

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland from Commercial Technical Support] There are 46 new rules in this release of the WSSG BPA. Currently the total number of checks per SKU breaks down as (total of 153 total rules (this includes one for showing the model version and one for showing the...