Microsoft, Exchange, 2007, Best Practices Nalyzer

Posted on 2008-10-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
My Exchange environment consists of 1 Server2008 / Exchange 2007 database & Hub Transport Server, 2 Server2008 / Exchange 2007 Client Access Servers and 2 Server2008 / Exchange2007 Edge Transpot Servers. When I run the Best Practices Analyzer from the Database server, it can not connect to the Edge Transport servers, obviously because they are not domain members. I dont see anywher in the BPA interface a way to add alternate credentials for those machines. Is there a way around this?
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How could ExBPA connect to work stations ? ExBPA works on attributes and xml coded list of set of rules to check.

Even if you some how code ExBPA to run for EDGE - what would it do next - since ExBPA first contacts AD (using DC) and then compares value in ExBPA XML file.

In your case EDGE never talks to any DC ever. So, i would propose leave ExBPA aloof for EDGE role.

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So, you are saying that the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer cant analyze an implementation of Edge Transport Servers? The Edge role does not talk to DCs but it does have an instance of ADAM that synchronizes with the DCs through the edge subscription. If I run the BPA on my Database / Hub Transport server it can only analyze itself and my 2 Client Access Servers. If I run it on 1 of my Edge Transport Servers, it can analyze that 1 server but not the other Edge or the Database / Hub or the Client Access Servers. Isnt there a way to get a single BPA report on my entire Exchange implementation?

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I found that I had to make the local admin passwords on all Exchange boxes the same in order for ExBPA to be able to talk to the Edge Transports. Not ideal from a security standpoint but thats what I had to do...

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