Error "The Best Practices Analyzer scan has failed" when running Best Practice Analyzer on Windows Server 2008 R2


When you run a Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) in Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Manager, it returns the following error:

The Best Practices Analyzer scan has failed.

There has been a Best Practice Analyzer engine error for Model Id: 'Microsoft/Windows/FileServices' during execution of the Model. (Inner Exception: One or more model documents are invalid: {0}Discovery exception occurred processing file '{0}'.

Windows PowerShell updated your execution policy successfully, but the setting is overridden by a policy defined at a more specific scope.  Due to the override, your shell will retain its current effective execution policy of "RemoteSigned". Type "Get-ExecutionPolicy -List" to view your execution policy settings. For more information, please see "Get-Help Set-ExecutionPolicy.")


The BPA error will occur if you enable the Turn on Script Execution policy to control PowerShell script execution and set it to Allow only signed scripts or Allow local scripts and remote signed scripts. The error will also occur if the Turn on Script Execution is set to Disabled.

The error will not occur if the policy is set to Allow all scripts.


Remove, disable, or set to "Not Configured" the following Group Policy setting that is being applied to the server with the BPA error.

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows PowerShell

Turn on Script Execution

The BPA will start working once the policy change applies. No reboot is required for the change to take effect.