Introduction

This article describes Update 5 for Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer (Windows Server Solutions BPA) 1.0. Update 5 includes new best practices, and it also resolves several issues.

Windows Server Solutions BPA is a diagnostic tool that is built on the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA) technology. Windows Server Solutions BPA scans a computer that is running one of the following operating systems, and then it compares the existing server settings to a predefined set of recommended best practices:

  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS) Standard

  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS) Essentials

  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

  • Windows Multipoint Server 2011 Standard

  • Windows Multipoint Server 2011 Premium

Windows Server Solutions BPA performs the following tasks:

  • Collects information about a server

  • Determines whether the server settings comply with a set of best practices that we recommend

  • Provides a report of the scan results that identifies differences between the server settings and the recommended best practices

  • Identifies conditions that may cause problems with the server

  • Recommends solutions to potential problems

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Update information

How to obtain this update

To obtain this update if you are running Windows SBS 2011 Standard, use one of the following methods:

  • By default, Microsoft Update points to the WSUS service in Windows SBS 2011 Standard. This update is displayed on the Update tab of the Admin Console. After you deploy this update, it is displayed as available for installation in Microsoft Update.

  • In Windows SBS 2011 Standard, this update can also be installed directly by using Microsoft Update. To do this, start Windows Update and select the Check online for updates from Windows Update option. Then, click the Get updates for other Microsoft products option, and complete the process to opt in to Microsoft Updates. Then, click Check for updates in Microsoft Update to obtain the update.

To obtain this update if you are running Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, or Windows Multipoint Server 2011, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Update, click Click here for details next to Find out more about free software from Microsoft Update, and then follow the steps to obtain updates from Microsoft Update. If you have already opted in to Microsoft Updates, you can safely ignore this step.

  2. In Windows Update, click Check for updates.

Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows SBS 2011 Standard

  • Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

  • Windows Multipoint Server 2011 Standard

  • Windows Multipoint Server 2011 Premium

Additionally, you must have Windows Server Solutions BPA 1.0 installed.

Registry information

To apply the update in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update replaces the following updates:

2600333 An update for Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 is available

2652984 Update 2 for Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 is available

2699813 Update Rollup 3 for Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 is available

2796170 Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 is available

Issues that are resolved in this update

Issue 1

When one of the following well-known ports that is used by Windows SBS 2011 Essentials is grabbed by a service other than the services that are mentioned in the following table, an error message is flagged in Windows Server Solutions BPA:

Port

Generic program name

Image

Service

Server

6602

Provider Framework

SMSvcHost.exe

NetPipeActivator, NetTcpActivator

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

65520

Connectivity site for Mac

System

Not available

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

65500

GetCert

System

Not available

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

8912

Client Backup Provider or Factory Reset

WSSBackup.exe

WSS_ComputerBackupSvc

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

3389

Remote desktop protocol (RDP) or Rail to the server

SvcHost.exe

TermService

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

80

HTTP

System

Not available

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

443

HTTPS

System

Not available

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

Issue 2

When you run Windows Server Solutions BPA on a Windows SBS 2011 Essentials-based server that is running in a virtual local area network (VLAN) environment, the status of rule 4 Check-DNSAforInternal is enabled unexpectedly, even though the server host record (A record) in the Domain Name System (DNS) forward lookup zones is the same as the IPv4 address on the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials-based server.

Issue 3

Assume that Windows Server Solutions BPA is run by using a scheduled task. During the scan, the computer is restarted or shut down. When you start the computer and the scheduled task tries to run Windows Server Solutions BPA again, the scanning task fails.

For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

2882634 Errors reported in console for WSSG BPA Engine

Issue 4

On a computer that is running Windows SBS 2011 Standard, Windows Server Solutions BPA cannot report the latest Service Pack of Microsoft Exchange 2010.

Issue 5

After you install Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions BPA 1.0, Windows Server Solutions BPA cannot report the latest Update Rollup of Windows SBS 2011 Standard. 

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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