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Article ID: 940439 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 2.3

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The Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer tool is available. This tool examines a server that is running Windows Small Business Server 2003. The tool collects configuration information from many sources including the following sources:
  • Active Directory Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Registry
  • Metabase
Then, the tool analyzes the collected information, and the tool verifies this information for correctness. After the tool has collected and analyzed the information, the tool presents a list of issues that are sorted by severity. For each issue, the tool provides descriptions of what the problem is and of how you can fix this issue.


How to obtain the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer tool

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Frequently asked questions about the Windows Small Business Server Best Practices Analyzer tool

Q1: What version of Windows Small Business Server does this tool support?

A1: The tool can run in all versions of Windows Small Business Server 2003.

Q2: Will this tool change any configurations on my server?

A2: No. This tool only reads information on the computer.

Q3: Is there a localized edition of the tool for my language?

A3: No. However, the English edition can run on all Windows platforms, regardless of the language version. Currently, no localized editions are planned.

Q4: Can I install this tool on a client computer and then use the tool to scan my server?

A4: No. This tool must be installed on the server that you want to scan.

Q5: Will the configuration file be automatically updated?

A5: Yes. If you do not disable the automatic update feature in the tool, the tool will automatically check for configuration file updates every time that the tool starts.

Q6: Which components will this tool check?
A6: This tool will check all major components of Windows Small Business Server 2003. This includes the following components:
  • Exchange Server 2003
  • Update Service
  • Network configuration
  • Windows SharePoint Services
  • SQL Server when it is present
Q7: Can I export the scan report?

A7: Yes. You can export the report on the Select a Best Practices scan to view page.

Q8: How can I report problems that are found with the Windows Small Business Server Best Practices Analyzer tool?

A8: You can send an e-mail message to ( .


Microsoft endeavors to make sure that the Best Practices Analyzer tool results are accurate. However, incorrect changes in configuration may occur when you use the Best Practices Analyzer tool. Microsoft disclaims any liability for the results of the Best Practices Analyzer tool.

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
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