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ExBPA v2.1a package released

We’ve refreshed the Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer v2.1 package at If you run the MSI, it will identify itself as v2.1a. You can in-place upgrade from v2.1 to v2.1a. Application version number (as shown in the About… link):

ExBPA v2.1 2.1.7599.0
ExBPA v2.1a 2.1.7599.4

NOTE: ExBPA v2.1a is available for U.S. English only.

Here is the list of bugs fixed with v2.1a:

MSI always sets the ‘DataDirectory’ registry value to the default setting even when the user has specified a different folder.
Output XML files are placed in the wrong folder when run under the scheduler.
Scheduling functionality does not work on Windows 2000 computers.
Date and numeric values are not interpreted correctly when running on a computer with non-U.S. English regional settings.

In addition, the latest Config XML ( is included with the package. Short list of changes from the previous Config XML (

Warns if the store is stopped on a bridgehead server.
Correct PAE recommendations for Windows 2000.
Conditioning implemented to recognize the difference between Recipient and Mailbox Manager policies.
Performance check no longer executes if ExBPA is running under the MOM agent.
Front-end detection now works for both Exchange 2000 and 2003 servers (previously, only 2003 was detected).
The “Connectivity Test” now checks for perfmon accessibility problems.
The “Connectivity Test” should not create event log entries when running under MOM.
Replication metadata now collected for Exchange Domain Servers, Exchange Enterprise Servers and Routing Group objects.
Performance counter information now easier to read when looking at the ‘Baseline report’.
Important CA eTrust process exclusions promoted from Warning to Error.

Exchange 2003 SP2 is coming :-)

Get a sneak preview of the new features and improvements coming in Service Pack 2 (SP2), scheduled for release in the second half of 2005. SP2 builds on the capabilities of Exchange Server 2003 to offer you even better protection, reliability, easier administration, as well as improved mobile messaging when used in combination with the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack.