Moving on from news about how great the rollups for Exchange 2007 post SP2 are, SP3 has hit the shelvesRead more
No Exchange 2007 is NOT dead – on the contrary, it’s getting better as is proved by the lasted blogRead more
In case you missed it. Microsoft has released a beta of SP1 for Exchange Server 2010. This is the serviceRead more
For some time we’ve had the luxury of a catalogue of patches, service packs, hot fixes and more, but it’sRead more
News of SP1 is out, and we can talk about the new richness and goodness in SP1, including but notRead more
This may have snuck by a whole bunch of folks, so I thought I’d write a quick post about it.Read more
Ok so this isn’t a new topic – but actually it IS.
Exchange Best Practices Analyzer or ExBPA updates quite regularly, and as such it’s something that the Exchange administrator should be running regularly.
The reasons are quite simple:
Owning Exchange is a moving target – Patches, Rollup Updates, etc change the software landscape and intorudce new functionality, and therefore new practices to manage.
Best Practices are a moving target – as weird as this sounds, were learning about mail all the time – how users USE mail changes and so does the load profile and what becomes best practice for mail servers
OS’s update and change all the time – patches, service packs, RTM/R2 etc
Security scenarios change all the time – this is an area were learning about CONSTANTLY
ExBPA keeps on improving – originally ExBPA handled one or two scenarios, now it handles upgrades, security scenarios, best practices across several versions, etc. Great value for a free tool!
The ExBPA folks keep on improving the tool as well as adding more and more scenarios. This means there’s a ton of intellectual property to glean from running the tool regularly and reading the reports.
And there’s more! However, ExBPA is something you may consider running soon if you haven’t looked at it for a while. You may be in for a pleasant surprise in terms of the extra value you may find in what you considered a one time use tool!
Happy Analyzing.Read more